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Tabakaucoro wins Easter athletics blue ribbon event

Arin Kumar
Sunday, April 20, 2014

NATIONAL sprint sensation Ratu Banuve Tabakaucoro reclaimed the SCA Shield for the men's blue ribbon when he won the open boys 100m event in the Easter Athletics Championships yesterday.

The former Marist Brothers High School student had lost the title to Aaron Powell two weeks ago when we was away competing in Australia.

He said he had been looking forward to winning back the title and he did just that at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

"I am happy that I got to win back the title but all credit to the other runners for a good race," Tabakaucoro said.

"I think my toughest opponents today (yesterday) were Powell and Jone Pio."

The Laucala Bay Athletics Club runner also mentioned former Natabua High School student Isoa Me's return to competition.

"He is one former athlete who was really good during his days in school and I am happy to see him back and running.

"Also I think good and high intensity competition is something that we all need to help us progress in athletics."

Meanwhile, Vani Ulunisau won the SCA Shield in the women's 400m.

The Easter Athletics event was a preview to the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Championships — Coca-Cola Games next week.

Schools from the islands, and the central and eastern division competed in the event yesterday.

Former Olympic gold medallist Dwight Phillips and former Olympian Hazel Clark from the US were the chief guest at the Easter Games.

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