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Athletes retain fun run titles

Arin Kumar
Sunday, June 22, 2014

RUNNERS from Nadi dominated the two Olympic Day races held in the country yesterday.

Ravnil Rinesh Kumar and Avikash Lal successfully retained the Suva and Nadi races respectively for the third year in a row.

Kumar ran 8km in the race held at the My Suva Picnic Park in the Capital City while Lal ran 5km in a time of 17minutes 36 seconds at McDonald in Nadi.

Both runners are part of the Jet Runners Club of Nadi and train together.

Club president Abinesh Kumar hailed the achievements of the two runners and said they should be selected in the national team for the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

"As usual they train together and often run against each other to give themselves competition," he said.

"That is why they have been so dominant in the past three years and winning races.

"They have the talent, the fitness and the potential to win medals but still they are not part of the national training squad for the Pacific Games."

Kumar expressed his disappointment at how the two runners have been ignored and not given credit for their efforts.

"Why aren't the national coaches recognising the talent that these two runners have?

"I am giving an open challenge to any runner who wants to challenge these two and I will award that runner a trophy myself if they beat both Avikash and Ravnil."

Meanwhile, more than 200 participants were part of the event in the Capital City which included a sports fair of eight sports.

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