Heart of a lion

ONE certainly needs a heart of a lion to run against the best sprinters in the world at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Fiji’s Aaron Powell is that sprinter who has a heart of a lion and competed against the best sprinters in the world in the 100 metres heat at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia yesterday.

Powell,22, clocked a time of 11.03 seconds in heat seven of the 100m event and was placed sixth out of eight sprinters. Canada’s Gavin Smellie came first with a time of 10.45sec.

The top two sprinters from the seven heats and best six finishers with better timing qualify for the semifinals.

“It certainly does require a lot of courage to run against the runners who have better timing compared to you and I am blessed that I had that courage to run for my country,” he said after the race.

“It was a good race and a good experience for me running with the top sprinters from the world. Sometimes you just have to give your best for everyone who has hopes from you.”

Powell’s mother, Lute Powell, last week revealed how Aaron started his athletics career at the age of three when he ran on the stage at a modelling show.

Powell said he ran the race for his mum and his late father who wanted to see him run at the Commonwealth Games.

“If my father would have been here then he would have been the most proud father here to see me run and fulfil his dream. It is not the end of the world as I will go home and prepare harder for the future competitions.”

Meanwhile, Makereta Naulu came seventh in her 100m sprint event as she finished with a time of 12.23sec and Kolinio Radrudru finished sixth in the 100m heat with a time of 11.22sec.