THE national men's 4x400m set the tracks on fire to conclude the athletics competition at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.
Since it was the last event of the day, all eyes were on Fiji, which was earlier disqualified in the 4x100m event.
Batinisavu Uluiyata began the race and led the pack until he gave the baton to Epeli Batisila on whom the gap closed down.
Then came someone who many did not expect to see — Banuve Tabakaucoro.
This was his first time running over a course of 400m in a competition.
And in the last 100m he pulled away to allow Kemueli Waqa to cruise all the way to the finish line.
"My lungs were bursting in the last 100m," Tabakaucoro said.
"But I had to do it for the team and it really was a team effort so I would like to give credit to the boys for their efforts."
He said he might take up 400m in the near future and try and run the event in competitions and maybe even the 4x400m.
"This was my first time in a competition to run the actual 400m all the way and I am thinking about taking it up."
Papua New Guinea finished second in a time of 3 minutes 16.19 seconds while Samoa settled for bronze in a time of 3 minutes and 24.84 seconds.