BIRTHDAY boy Waisake Raselala celebrated his 20th birthday in style by running the fastest time in the 100metres men's heats yesterday at the Pacific Mini Games.
His time of 10.60 seconds was five milliseconds faster compared to Banuve Tabakaucoro and Tui Francis Kirikirikula who both clocked 10.65s in their respective heats at the Kafika Stadium in Wallis and Futuna.
Pacific champion Tabakaucoro ran in the first heat which he won comfortably despite a shaky start.
Kirikirikula ran the second heat and was second to Tongan sprinter Siueni Filimone who ran a time of 10.63s.
Raselala was in the last heat and before the race began, it was announced that it was his birthday.
That drew him more applause from all spectators who were present at the stadium.
The former Sila Central student shot off the blocks to finish ahead of the pack and clock the fastest time in the heats.
"It was a tough race but I thank God for giving me the strength to finish first," he said.
"I am now looking forward to the finals and for that I would have to work even harder because Banuve and Tui will be running too."
Tabakaucoro, who turns 21 today, will be aiming to add another gold to Fiji's tally.
He said the track at Kafika was different compared to the one at Suva's ANZ Stadium.
"When my feet came off the starting blocks and hit the tracks, it was hard," the former Marist Brothers High School student said.
"Also it was very hot and the first 20 to 30 metres need more work."
The Digicel brand ambassador said he was looking forward to the challenge from Filimone, Kirikirikula and Raselala.
"The semi-finals and final will be interesting to watch tomorrow (today)."
The semi-final will be at 11.30am and the final will be at 4.15pm.