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Mataku chases elusive medal

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, March 17, 2013

COMPETING at the Coca-Cola Games thrice and coming home empty handed is bothering Ratu Sukuna Memorial School (RSMS) sprinter Akuila Mataku.

And the 18-year-old Nukusa, Macuata lad is keen to end the drought this year.

Mataku was a class above the rest in the 200 metres senior boys final at the school's inter-house competition on Friday.

The seventh former dashed to the finish line to win the title in 22.56 seconds.

After the final, the elated Mataku said he was ready to take on the best at the secondary schools meet which will be held at the refurbished ANZ Stadium in May.

"My target is winning the medal at the Coca-Cola Games. I participated there three times but failed and this year I'm putting extra effort to ensure I return home with something," the former student of All Saints Secondary School from Labasa said.

"I don't think there will be any problem for me in the zone and my focus right now is to improve on my time."

In 2009, Mataku made his debut at the Coca-Cola Games representing All Saints Secondary in the 100m event followed by the 200m a year later.

Last year he joined RSMS and represented the Nabua-based school in 200m and 4x100m relay.


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