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Uluiyata wins 200m

Emoni Narawa
Sunday, April 27, 2014

AFTER being disqualified at last year's Coca-Cola Games for a break in the start of the intermediate boys 200metres final, Batinisavu Uluiyata was inspired to do better this year.

Uluiyata won two gold medals and a silver to help Natabua High School settle in second place in the overall boys division. He broke the intermediate boys 400m record which he set last year and then finally won gold in the 200m.

The Bemana lad from Nadroga was disqualified last year but he said he was determined to right the wrong he did last year.

"I had one long year to learn from that mistake after being disqualified at last year's 200m final," he said.

"I was so nervous but this year I made it sure that I did not repeat the same mistake. There's a lot of expectation from me from the school, supporters and as a school prefect I have to live up to their expectation and I am glad I did my best."

He said all the sacrifice and hard work at training had paid off. Uluiyata thanked all the supporters of Natabua for their support.

Uluiyata's winning performance was highly commended by US Olympian Dwight Phillips who said the Year 12 student could be a star in the future, given proper training. "I'll be happy to be given an opportunity to train overseas where I can further broaden my athletics career. I can't wait if given an opportunity," he added.

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