A ROAD accident four weeks ago failed to prevent Ravnil Kumar from winning Fiji's first ever Beach Race yesterday.
Kumar was running alongside the road four weeks ago when he was hit from behind by a bus and left him bedridden.
But he recovered quickly and resumed training and finished the 4km race in 10 minutes two seconds at the Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi yesterday.
Race organiser and Jet Runners Club president Abinesh Kumar said they were not expecting Kumar to win the race.
"He was not able to stand up properly two weeks ago but today (yesterday) he defied all odds to win this race," he said.
"Avikash Kumar was the favourite to win but a knee injury ruled him out and that paved way for Ravnil to make a massive comeback."
About 50 runners participated in the race and Abinesh said he was happy with the response of the public towards the race.
"This race is new to Fiji but it is quite big internationally and they even have a world championship for it.
"I would like to thank everyone who turned up for the race and made it successful.
"We had a runner from Ba — James Kumar and the youngest competitor on the day was four-year-old Saanvi Chand."