"I DEDICATE this win to my mother who was a friend when no one is."
That's the sentiments of Mustafa Fall of Ratu Kadavulevu School after retaining gold medal in the senior boys shot put event at the ANZ Stadium yesterday, raking a total of four gold medals and three silver during his high school athletics career.
Fall who finished second best during the Tailevu Zone and Easter Games events was not favoured to defend his title after failing to live up to the expectation of his supporters.
However, after doing some soul searching and digging deep to discover his potential, the 19-year-old bagged his fourth Coca-Cola Games gold medal.
"This win means a lot to me," an elated Fall said.
"Its a relief for me because I came into this meet everyone seems to have lost hope in me and especially when its my final year at high school. I want to thank everyone that helped me especially to my mum who was a friend when no one is."
Fall avenged his Tailevu zone loss to Cory Grenier of Queen Victoria School.
He threw a distance of 15.35m while Grenier threw 14.93. Savenaca Totovosau of Marist Brothers High School was third with a throw of 13.94m.
"I came into this competition with some hope lost especially when I lost the zone and Easter events. But I did some soul-searching and digged deep to discover my potential and it helped me today (yesterday).
"I just believed in myself and proved my worth to everyone despite losing twice.
"That pushed me to deliver the goods and I am happy that I am able to win this gold medal," the Year 13 student added.
Today, Fall will compete in the senior boys discus event where he is expecting to grab his second gold medal.