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Vatulili stays focused

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

UNAISI Vatulili has set her focus on representing the country in the 800 metre track event at this year's Youth Olympic Games (YOG) that will be held in Nanjing China later this year.

The 16-year-old Duavata Fourth Former was preparing herself in Labasa and later on in Suva during the school break for her first trial.

This newspaper caught up with the young lass as she was leaving Labasa on Tuesday for Suva to attend her second trial this Saturday.

She clocked a personal best of 3.03 minutes during her first trial two weeks ago, missing the winning time of 3 minutes by 3 seconds.

Piki, as she is known among her friends, said she was capable of pulling through during the second and third trials.

"The qualifying time is 2.25 minutes and I am basically focused on reducing my time to achieve this," she said.

"I had been training under the guidance of track trainer Maciu Koroitamana before the first trial and the talk that he has been giving me has really lifted my spirits.

"I had won bronze for the Coke Games 800 metres event last year and was later surprised when I was selected to attend trials for the YOG."

Vatulili said along with her training, she had been put on a strict diet of low starch which was something really new for her.

Proud sponsor Kyoko Bandy said she carried the best wishes of her friends and the people of Cawaro in Macuata.

Bandy said they were thankful to the kind assistance of the Fiji Athletics Association.

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