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Lal keeps hope alive

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, April 27, 2014

AVIKASH Lal planned to do Mo Farah's mobot dance after the boys' 3000 metres race in the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. But he is leaving that for next year now.

The Ratu Navula College long distance runner was expecting to win the event but had to settle for bronze medal.

Suva Grammar's Inia Sili scooped the 3000m gold medal on a time of 9 minutes 20.93 seconds followed by Kelemete Sau of Vaturova Koroalau with a time of 9 min 21.65s.

Lal clocked 9 min 25.66s.

The 18-year-old, who looks up to Olympic gold medallist Farah, said he would work harder to win the gold medal next year.

"I was planning to do that (mobot dance) but unfortunately I didn't win. But I am sure that I will win next year and maybe then I can do the mobot dance," Lal, who is a member of Jet Runners Club of Nadi, said.

"I read in The Fiji Times that this is Sili's last year but I have another year left in the senior grade so there is a good chance for me to win next year."

Lal, who is a vocational student studying automotive engineering, wants to establish himself as the country's top long distance runner like his dad Parshottam Lal.

"He has been an inspiration to me throughout my career and also helps me to achieve the best.

"I also thank the people of Votualevu and teachers of Ratu Navula who have been so supportive.

"I have travelled places through athletics and I am looking forward to more experiences in the future."

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