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Banz predicts games highlight

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, April 25, 2014

PACIFIC sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro believes the tussle in the girls blue ribbon event would be the major highlight in this year's Coca-Cola Games which starts today at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The former Marist Brothers High School sprinter says the battle in the senior girls' 100 metres dash would be an interesting one.

Friends Elenoa Sailosi of Adi Cakobau School and Sisilia Seavula of St Joseph's Secondary School will go head to head for the final time in the annual secondary schools athletics meet tonight at 6.55pm.

Seavula is the defending champion in the senior girls' blue ribbon event but former champ Sailosi has been promising lately.

Suva Grammar's Timaima Qica, who won silver medal last year, is also in the mix.

Tabakaucoro predicts a tough battle in this event.

"This should be probably the highlight of the games this year especially the battle between Sisi (Seavula) and Elenoa," the Bau bullet said.

"The intermediate girls will probably be another highlight with Younis Bese (Gospel High) there and we can see the record even drop tomorrow (tonight) night, so that's something we looking forward to."

In the senior boys 100m event, Tabakaucoro said Queen Victoria School sprinter Leone Natusa was the top contender.

MBHS sprinter Vilisoni Rarasea, twin brother of Sailosi, is also the favourites.

Rarasea is the champion from the Suva Zone Two after he clocked 10.65 seconds to win the 100m race.

"In the boys, the major highlight will be in the intermediate grade where we will be looking at Jacob Waqanivalu of International Secondary, Apolosi Ratumudu and Albert Miller of Marist and not forgetting the defending champion Aaron Powell of Gospel.

"This will be one of the quickest races."

Meanwhile Tabakaucoro expects tough tussle for the overall title in the girls division between defending champions Jasper Williams High School and former champs ACS.

"This year's games is expected to be an exciting one and I wish all the athletes the very best."

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