Kaputin remains focused on training
Papua New Guinea international jumper Rellie Kaputin is delighted to have made her childhood dream come true.
This follows the announcement made by World Athletics confirming his availability to participate in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
Kaputin is the only track and field athlete to be awarded the Papua New Guinea Universality Place by other national athletes, including Pacific Sprint Queen Toea Wisil.
Despite cracking his fibula bone in 2019 during his training, Kaputin returned fresh in February of last year under coach Phillip Newton in Kingsclif, northern NSW.
However, she trained so hard with the aim of qualifying for the long jump event in the track and field competition for the next Olympic Games. Speaking to Kaputin, she said, âThe feeling is just amazing. Super excited to have made my childhood dream of being an Olympian come true.
âIt doesn’t happen very often to a lot of athletes around the world and I’m very happy because quitting has never been an option for me.
âI cracked my fibula bone in 2019 and thought I was going to miss out on making the squad for the Tokyo Games last year. However, thanks to COVID-19 which postponed the Games until this year and I have plenty of time to get back in shape and finally make this dream come true. “
The 28-year-old has 4 to 5 weeks of training before leaving for the Tokyo Games.
Meanwhile, the women’s qualifying round for the long jump will take place on August 1 and Kaputin is focusing on her speed work by doing a lot of sprints over mini obstacles, as speed is key to her approach to the jump. lengthways.
She aims to return to the gym to have at least two weeks of lifting heavy deadlifts and squats to help build strength in her legs.
Despite being part of the last PNG team for the Tokyo Olympics, the girl from Matupit Island and the village of Tinganalom in the Eastern Province of New Britain plans to return to Australia and continue training for the 2022 World Championship in Oregon (United States).
She is also looking to prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (UK), the 2022 Mini Pacific Games in Saipan (US), the 2023 Pacific Games in Solomon Islands and also looks forward to doing new part of the PNG team for the Paris Olympics.