West champions ready for 100m battle

WITH the Coca-Cola Games hype slowly building its momentum, the Western Division is ready to unleash their top five sprinters for the much anticipated blue ribbon event.

And after the completion of all the respective West Zone meets, the onus is on these speedsters to battle against the best from around the country.

Leading the Western Division’s charge is reigning Coca-Cola Games blue ribbon winner Shane Tuvusa, who is out to create a legacy for himself in school athletics. Tuvusa won the three gold medals during the Lautoka/Yasawa Zone meet and will be working hard to repeat the similar feat at the Coke Games.

Another top contender for the event includes Ra High School student Ilaisa Bete who won the Ra/Tavua/Nadarivatu/Varukoula blue ribbon event with a time of 11.44sec on a grass track.

Joining Tuvusa and Bete are Ba zone sprinter Jona Nabaro of Khalsa College who ran the time of 10.97, Nadi Zone 100m champion Emosi Taginamakadre of Ratu Navula with 11.37 and Nadroga Zone speedster Suliano Lotawa of Nasikawa Vision clocking 11.10sec on the grass track.

These sprinters are expected to be stretched to the wire by sprinters from Marist Brothers High School, Ratu Kadavulevu School, Queen Victoria School, Suva Grammar Schools and of course the Vanua Levu boys in their quest to be crowned the fastest schoolboy this year.

With less than three weeks away from the games, below were the comments made by these West sprinters after winning their respective zone senior boys 100m final.

Shane Tuvusa (Natabua) “It’s an honour to come back and represent Natabua and I am happy with what I have achieved. I know there is still a lot to do, it’s back to the drawing board and we will see what happens in the Coca-Cola Games.”

Ilaisa Bete (Ra High School) “I believe the Coke Games will be a different experience altogether as all the top sprinters from other schools will compete for the blue ribbon event. But I will do my best and to win the blue ribbon event for my school.”

Jona Nabaro (Khalsa College): “I finished third in the Fiji Finals senior boys 100m heats last year and this year I want to make my mark. I know it is going to be tougher than last year but I am ready for the best. There are some big names running for Natabua, Marist, Suva Grammar and other top schools but it will not deter me from giving my best.”

Emosi Taginamakadre (Ratu Navula): “My aim is to do well in Suva and win the blue ribbon event. Running against the top sprinters will motivate me to work hard and I will do all it takes to win the blue ribbon event from my school.”

Suliano Lotawa (Nasikawa Vision):” Competing at the Coke Games blue ribbon event is a huge opportunity for me. I will make a good use of this chance and give my best. Like all other participants my aim is to win the blue ribbon event.”

The Coke Games will be held on April 19-21.