COMPETING in his first regional meet and winning a silver medal is a big achievement for Epeli Batisila.
The Natabua High School student ran a time of 1.54.77 in the 800m finals at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna yesterday.
He finished behind Adrien Kela of New Caledonia who ran a time of 1.53.65.
Third was Kaminiel Matlaun of Papua New Guinea who ran a time of 1.58.32.
The Rakiraki lad said he was pushed to the limit in the race.
"I wanted to win a medal in my first international meet and I am happy with silver," he said.
"The race was very tough and I was pushed to my limits because I knew the competition would come from Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia."
Athletics Fiji long distance coach Maciu Koroitamana who is coaching Batisila said he was proud of his athlete.
"He (Batisila) is a very hard worker and he has the potential to do better," he said.
"Today (yesterday) he has won silver and a medal is what a coach wants his athlete to win so as a coach I am very proud of him.
"Think with more competition he could run better times so we will work on that when we get back home."