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West primary schools athletics meet finds new sprint king

Maciu Malo
Sunday, November 19, 2017

A NEW sprint king appeared out of the blue and stunned the thousands of spectators at the West Chow Games held at Lautoka's Chuirchill Park yesterday.

Ba's Nimilote Vakavanua, who missed out on last year's games because of injury, defied all odds and stamped his mark winning the gold medal in the boys' under-14 100m final.

Vakavanua twice outpaced the hot favourite and the 200m champion Ratu Isireli Misiwini during the 100m heats and cemented his dominance with a win in the final.

He said he was surprised with his performance because he rated Misiwini as the best after winning the 200m final. Vakavanua said he had prepared well this year and was happy to win the blue ribbon event.

"I missed out last year because of injury but this year I looked after myself well and my aim was to stamp my mark," he said.

"At the starting line — I bowed down dedicating my race to the Almighty Lord and I was surprised to win the event.

"I just gave my best not knowing I had won the race."

He dedicated the win to the Almighty Lord for blessing him with the talent. Vakavanua said he wanted to pursue a career in the sport and to represent the country in the future.

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