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Bure up for challenge

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

NINETEEN-year-old Emosi Bure wants to fill the void left by former long distance runners Sanjay Kumar and Isireli Naikelekelevesi.

The young lad from Matainasau, Wainamala in Naitasiri has targeted the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna in September next year to stamp his mark.

Earlier this year he took part in the Oceania Championship in Cairns, Australia where he managed to win one silver and one bronze medal.

He said the win had boosted his confidence and he wanted to become the next big thing in the Pacific in long distance events.

"I come from a small village in the interior of Fiji but I always wanted to be a national rep and win medals for Fiji," Bure said.

"I looked up to the former kings of the long distance Sanjay Kumar and Isireli Naikelekelevesi and wanted to run like them and now I want to fill the gap left by them," he said.

"My dreams are slowly coming true, despite the hardships me and my mother have faced I want to continue making my dreams come true."

Bure's father passed away before he was born so he was brought up by his mother Susana Silau.

This year, he completed the Fiji Seventh Form Examination at Queen Victoria School in October and November before starting his training.

"I was concentrating on completing my studies before I started training and I have started my training this early because I want to be at my peak by the time the Pacific Mini Games start.

"I know only a few months will not be enough so I didn't want to leave it too late and I believe I need more training and preparation."

Bure thanked his coach Malakai Veisamasama, who is also the head coach of the Olympus Athletics Club, for his guidance.

"I have reached this far thanks to training and guidance from my coach and I know he will take me all the way to win at the Pacific Mini Games.

"I know competition will be tough and the road to the event will be tough but I have hope and I know there are so many hopes and prayers for me too and I don't want to let my supporters especially my mother down," he said.


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