Champs lead games

WESTERN Chow Games defending champions Lautoka and Nadroga lead the medal tally after the completion of day one at Lautoka’s Churchill Park yesterday.

The Sugar City athletes dominated the boys division winning eight gold medals while Nadi and Ra have three gold medals each.

Nadroga leads the girls division with six gold medals while Ra and Nadi have four gold medals each.

But it was the girls from Ra who stole the show in the morning scooping the gold medals in the 1500m and setting records in the under-12, U13 and U14.

Ateca Rakavosa set a record in the U12 1500m with a time of 5mins 18.59s while teammates Iosefo Waqawai set a record in the U13 boys’ 1500m with a time of 4mins 47.49s and Filomena Ravuiwai winning the U14 girls’ 1500m with a time of 5mins 22.60s. Nadi’s Ratu Sireli Misiwini won the U14 boys 200m final with a time of 21.05sec while Nadroga Unaisi Tagabale clocked 26.74 to win the girls U14 200m gold medals.

Also stamping his name in the under-9 boys long jump is Nadroga’s Aminiasi Tavailagi who set a record of 4m.19m in his first year of competition.

Meet manager Andrew Pillay said the competition level had improved drastically compared with last year.

He said the adverse weather effect failed to deter the athletes from performing to their best.

“Even though the weather was not kind in the morning but we have done extremely well,” said Pillay.

“The competition has been great, Ra dominated the long-distance in the morning while other teams pulled up in the afternoon session.

“The competition is heating up and the medal tally shows a very close competition between the districts. Every district has won a medal and there is a one medal difference from the first to the second likewise from the second to third and third to fourth positions.

He said four teams had the chances of winning which should make the second day of competition exciting.”

Lautoka leads the overall medal tally with nine gold medals followed by Nadroga with eight while Nadi and Ra have seven gold medals each.

The competition continues today.

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