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Wrestle for glory

Pravin Narain In Vanuatu
Friday, December 08, 2017

JUDOKA Shanice Takayawa wrestled with a swollen leg to win a gold medal in the senior women under-70 kilogram category in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games at the Korman Stadium indoor two in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Takayawa, who is the daughter of Nacanieli Takayawa took pain-killer before the match.

"I dedicate the win to God."

"I would like to thank him for guiding me to victory. My family members and friends for helping me in training," she said.

"I am trying my best to walk on my father's footstep, but he has set a very high standard and I am trying my best to be like my father.

"He is a very good father as he had been giving us a lot of support and advice about the grips and techniques along with other families in Japan and Fiji.

She had been preparing for the Pacific Mini Games and she had stayed away from her family in Japan.

Before the competition she had a swollen leg and it was painful at the beginning, but she took injections to help her walk towards glory.

"In Japan they would hit your leg if you do not do anything where they would tap on your shin and that is how I got injured and when I came to Fiji it got swollen," she said.

"I went to the physiotherapist where they gave me pain killer injections and antibiotics to relieve me of my pain and focus on my event."

She defeated Esther Dumons from New Caledonia in the two matches where they played and Takayawa came out on top.

"I thank my Suva Grammar School athletes and coach Jone Delai who helped me in my career."

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