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Waqavalu aims high

Emoni Narawa
Friday, March 28, 2014

JACOB Waqanivalu believes he will be a better athlete at the Coca-Cola Games finals next month.

The International School Suva sprinter scooped a double in the Intermediate boys 100 and 200 metres finals during the Suva Zone One meet at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

Waqanivalu clocked 10.77seconds in rainy conditions during the 100m finals and stopped the clock at 22.01s in the 200m.

The former Suva Grammar School student said he needed to improve on a few aspects of his run.

"It's good to be back running after my injury," Waqanivalu said.

"I feel quite heavy with the rain and it kind of spoiled my start but I am glad I won that race with a good time."

He said he was looking forward to challenge Gospel High School sprinter Aaron Powell and Albert Miller of Marist Brothers High School.

"I am just few milliseconds behind Aaron and I am looking forward to just improve on my starting and middle race."

Training under the watchful eyes of Bola Tafo'ou and Henry Elder with Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro, Waqanivalu said he looked forward to the national finals.

Meanwhile, blue ribbon event winner Kalivati Sasalu of Ratu Sukuna Memorial School said he was happy to win the senior boys 100m final.

"I'm happy with my race," the Form Seven student said.

"I'm working with my coach Jon Lum Kon and I hope to improve my training before the Cokes."

Sasalu clocked 11.62s to win the 100m finals.

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