Lautoka/Yasawa Zone: Two records fall in Lautoka

Lautoka Central College supporters at the Coca Cola Lautoka zone in Churchill Park. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Two records were set during the morning session of day one of the Lautoka/Yasawa Zone Coca-Cola Games competition at Churchill Park on Friday.

Manaini Tikomatailevu of Ba Provincial Free Bird Secondary School (Ba Pro) set a new record of 5 minutes 58.52 seconds in the junior girls 1500 metres final.

The old record was 6 minutes 5.99 seconds set by Makereta Vamela of Ba Pro in 2020.

Ulamila Vata of Yasawa High School broke the record in the intermediate girls 1500m race.

She clocked 5 minutes 42.59 seconds, eclipsing the old time of 6 minutes 02 seconds set by Vani Batakinikini of Ba Pro set in 2020.

Lautoka/Yasawa Secondary School Athletics Association president Mahendra Nadan said they managed to start day one of competition on time.

Nadan said a total of 630 students registered for the two-day competition which ended yesterday.

“We have 11 schools that have made it this year,” he said.

“Natabua High School has done well in the boys division but then we can’t predict what will happen during the second day of action especially when the finals of the events will be held.

“We expect the likes of Tilak High, Ba Pro, Saint Thoms to give them a good battle. In the girls division, Jasper Williams High School is the hot favourite. But the other schools are getting more competitive and giving them a good run for their money.”

Day two of action will begin at 8am today.

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