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Ryan Pini preparation for London Olympics strongRyan Pini continues to devote his time to a rigorous training and competition schedule as he prepares to represent PNG at the Olympic Games in London from July 27 to Aug 12.
Being the county’s only realistic medal hope, the 30-year-old has made good progress over the last 12 months in his build-up to the London Games despite having surgery on a troublesome shoulder.
Pini’s Australian coach, Rick Van der Zant of the Yeronga Park Club in Brisbane, said that last November, Ryan contested in the Asian circuit of the World Cup.
It was a two-week tour where he competed on the world stage in 26 ra¬ces over six days.
No less than 30 new open PNG swimming records were set by Ryan during these competitions.
“On his return, he contested the 2011 state championships of Queensland, the 2012 Victoria and New South Wales Championships,” Van der Zant said.
“Ryan did outstandingly well in all the competitions that he participated in, particularly his third place in the 100m butterfly in Victoria.
“Ryan had his fourth shoulder operation in January last year, but that has not hindered his devotion to representing PNG.
“Ryan continues his training and core stability work under the watchful eye of the physiotherapist.
“His shoulders continue to hold up well under the intense training.” .
The PNG-born Pini is expected to end his stellar career in 2015 at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby when he will be 34.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS
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