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Sili retains 1500m title

Emoni Narawa
Saturday, April 26, 2014

THE transition from Shree Guru Nanak College to Suva Grammar School did not affect Inia Sili's (pictured right) performance at this year's Coca-Cola Games.

However, it gave him more confidence, given the training and the facilities he got access to compared with his former school.

Sili successfully retained his senior boys 1500 metres final after edging Paulo Buke for the second time in two years.

The Year 12 student said at the final 200m, he knew that he would edge Buke. He clocked 4 minutes, 7.55 seconds while Buke stopped the clock at 4 minutes, 7.59s.

"That is why I wave my hands to the my supporters in the final bend because I knew I'll win again, just by looking at Paulo at the final 200m," he confidently said.

"It was a tough race, much tougher than last year because Paulo came so close to me in the end.

"But I'm happy to win gold again despite changing my school. At Grammar, I received better coaching and it really helped me win today (yesterday)."

Sili said he aimed to win a treble in his final year of competing at secondary school level.

"This is going to be my final year and I hope to win three gold medals."

Today, the Naiqaqi lad from Wailevu in Cakaudrove will compete in the boys 3000m and the 4x400m relay after helping his team qualifying for the finals.

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