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Maravu sprints to second gold

Manoj Kumar
Saturday, May 18, 2013

BENIAMINO Maravu's first love was rugby. The fastest athlete at the 2013 Coca-Cola Games played the oval ball game from an early age but swapped his boots for track shoes at his mum's call.

"I got injured playing rugby so mum asked me to change to athletics," said the Saint Bedes College runner who added the 200 metres senior boy's gold to his blue-ribbon event win on Thursday night.

The boy from Wainigadru, Cakaudrove, clocked 22.25 seconds to outpace Suva Grammar School's Kemueli Waqa, who took silver in 22.07s, and bronze medalist, Natabua's Sailosi Niuvati (22.13).

Maravu dedicated his first sprints gold medals to his mother saying she was very supportive of his sporting ambition.

In the intermediate grade, Aaron Powell also added a 100 and 200 metres double clocking 22.30s to bag gold for Gospel High School.

Suva Grammar's Jacob Waqanivalu (22.33s) took silver and the bronze went to Apisai Dokonibonu (22.91s).

Keasi Naidroka, of Marist Brothers, won gold in the junior 200 metres in 23.70s beating SGS's Phillippe Cirikiwai (24.15) and South Taveuni's Leone Maiqereqere (24.25s).

The sub junior 100 metres was won by SGS's Joji Lesi (25.87s) followed by Vilikesa Vakavanua, of Sigatoka Andhra College (27.54s) and Saint Thomas High's Jone Cakobau (27.99s).