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New winner in Nadi

Maciu Malo
Saturday, March 22, 2014

KOROVUTO College ended Ratu Navula's six-year reign as champions of the Coca-Cola Nadi zone with a strong performance at Prince Charles Park yesterday.

The college dominated the middle and long distance events to win a staggering 21 gold medals, 13 silver and nine bronze.

Ratu Navula finished second with 14 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze medals while Swami Vivekananda College finished at third spot with 12 gold, 15 silver and 14 bronze medals.

Korovuto was at second spot with four gold medals at the end of the first day with Ratu Navula leading with five gold. Korovuto made a huge turnaround in the track events to deny Ratu Navula their seventh straight win.

Korovuto, which last won the title in 2008, will provide a tough battle against the athletic giants such as Marist, Natabua, QVS and Jasper

Zone spokesman Navneet Mishra said Korovuto's win showed the amount of hard work being put in by students and teachers towards athletics.

He said the school had improved vastly on last year's performance.

"The crowning of the new Nadi zone winner shows the hard work done by the athletes and their coaches at training," said Mishra.

"It's a huge achievement for the school winning 21 gold medals compared to Ratu Navula's 14.

"Korovuto's strength was in the middle and short distance events.

"Korovuto will be the school to watch at this year's Coke Games and I am confident they will give the top schools in Fiji a good run for their money.

"We still have four more weeks before the Coke Games and I believe our athletes will be at their peak during the national competition."

Meanwhile, Sabeto College's Josefata Lalawa was named the best male athlete for winning three gold medals in the senior boys 400m, 800m and 4X400m relay team.

Nadi College track queen Kinisimere Leitabu won the best female athlete award for winning three gold medals in the senior girls 400m, 800m and 4X400 relay team.

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