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Gold rush

Emoni Narawa
Saturday, April 28, 2012

KADAVU lad Waisale Ledua came out of Banuve Tabakaucoro's shadows to win the Coca-Cola Games blue-ribbon gold last night.

The Suva Grammar School seventh former shot off the starting block and powered home in a photo-finish senior boys 100m with Sila Central School sprinter Waisake Rasalasala, both clocking 11.04seconds.

Ledua's chest hit the tape first while Rasalasala's knee recorded home. Officials said the upper body counted.

Sila Central School manager Mesake Tukai said they would protest against the decision.

"I'm happy that I won, it's my first year in the senior grade. But I still rank Banuve as the sprint king. It was a bit weird without Banuve because the focus was on him," he said.

South Pacific sprint king Tabakaucoro of Marist Brothers' High School, who holds the record of 10.43seconds, suffered a hamstring on Thursday and watched from the side.

The pair have been friends. Ledua represented Fiji at the World Youth Championship in France last year.

Marist Brothers leads the medal tally with six gold, five silver and a bronze medal while Grammar leads the girls with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.





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