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Victory for Tabuatalei women's V1 marathon in Suva

Arin Kumar
Sunday, February 16, 2014

VETERAN Salome Tabuatalei still has what it takes to win.

And she proved this by winning the open womens V1 marathon yesterday at the FDB foreshore in Suva.

She won the 10km race in a time of one hour, six minutes and 15 seconds.

A statement from the Fiji Outrigger said the 17 paddlers competed in the open women's competition.

"This race was a very close affair and in the end first and second was decided by just four seconds," said the statement.

"Salome Tabuatalei of Kaiwai Outrigger Canoe Club came in first and Theresa Avon of Taf'aga Outrigger Canoe Club came in second in a time of one hour six minutes and 19 seconds."

Third place went to Krystelle Whippy of Taf'aga Outrigger Canoe Club, Katerina Morris, also of Tafaga was fourth and Susan Vocea of Kaiwai was fifth and Mere Raikoti of Tafaga finished in sixth place.

Fred Leota of Walu Va'a won the 12.5km open mens race in a time of one hour seven minutes and 37 seconds.

"Coming in second place was Johnny Chung, also of Walu Va'a Outrigger Canoe Club with a time of one hour, eight minutes and four seconds.

"In third place was Gary Volau of Taf'aga Outrigger Canoe Club clocking a time of one hour, eight minutes and 40 seconds.

"In fourth, fifth and six place followed paddlers from Taf'aga, Johji Wong, Ben Wilson and Mac Cakaulevu."

The statement said all 21 men managed to complete the entire course in under one hour 30 minutes.

The next Fiji Outrigger V1 marathon will be held on March 1.

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