Gold for his “Nau”

Lepani Bativucu is flanked by Ratu Kadavulevu School's Joeli Ravulo and Nikola Raiqeu of Saint John's College. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

EVERY year as long as he can remember, Lepani Bativucu participated at the Coca-Cola Games, reached the finals, but returned home empty-handed.

But 2018 was a year of restoration for the Ogea, Wainunu in Bua lad having won not just a medal for his school Ratu Luke Memorial School, but gold.

Excited and speechless after his win in the 400m intermediate boys, the 17-year-old said the win was all he ever wanted.

He dedicated his win to his grandmother (nau) who has always supported and accompanied him to the games every year.

“I was hoping to get at least a medal this year because every year I participate, I always fall short in the finals,” Bativucu said.

“But to win gold this year is something that I’m still trying to take in and I’m so excited,” he said.

Bativucu won gold with a time of 49.41s while Joeli Ravulo of Ratu Kadavulevu School won silver and Nikola Raiqeu of Saint John’s College settled for the bronze medal.

Bativucu also helped his relay team reach the 4x400m finals of the intermediate boys grade last Saturday.

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