Bolakoro wins blue ribbon event

The Tailevu zone blue ribbon winner Jim Bolakoro (far right) hands over the baton to fellow team mate Rupeni Caucau during their thrilling run against rivals RKS in the senior boys 4x100m final during the Tailevu Zone at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

The Tailevu zone blue ribbon winner Jim Bolakoro (far right) hands over the baton to fellow team mate Rupeni Caucau during their thrilling run against rivals RKS in the senior boys 4x100m final during the Tailevu Zone at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

JIM Bolakoro Colasau won the Coca-Cola Tailecu zone athletics meet blue ribbon event with a time of 10:77 seconds at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

The Tonia, Wainibuka, Tailevu lad was speechless as he never thought he would win anything as he was sick for the past few weeks.

“To be honest I never thought that I’ll make it across the finish line,” he said.

“For the past few weeks I’ve been having body pain due to training.

“We had intense training for the past weeks and it has been tough.

The Verata House senior said the competition from their Tailevu rivals from Ratu Kadavulevu School gave them pressure to work extra hard on the tracks.

“At the moment we don’t have any well-known athlete in the squad and we all had to fight our way into the squad.

“We didn’t have a proper diet we even didn’t have a good place to sleep, we were all bunking in one bure but that boosted us to perform in this year’s zone.

“What motivated us was how the old boys told us that we weren’t fit enough to represent the school but what brought us together was when one of our junior athlete lost his mother on Monday and that is why we’re all wearing black armbands.”

Colasau dedicated the win to Teri Koroitamanas’s mother who passed away after a short illness on Monday.

Jim also walked away with the best male athlete of the year.

Dawasamu golden girl Senimokosoi Emele was crowned the female athlete of the year after winning gold in the 800m, javelin and the 100 metres relay.

Emele dedicated her winning to the school and most of all her parents.

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