Ratu Navula leads

Ratu Navula College athlete Alifereti Ratematema (right) and Nawai Secondary School's Semi Nacoko race to the finish line during the senior boys 400m final at the Nadi Zone yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Ratu Navula College athlete Alifereti Ratematema (right) and Nawai Secondary School's Semi Nacoko race to the finish line during the senior boys 400m final at the Nadi Zone yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

RATU Navula and Nadi Sangam lead the medal tally for the boys and girls division after the first day of the Coca-Cola Nadi Athletics Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park yesterday.

Ratu Navula also edged Swami Vivekananda in the silver medal count to lead the overall medal tally.

The school won 10 gold in the boys division followed by Swami Vivekananda College with eight gold above Nadi Muslim Colllege who finished third with four gold medals.

Nadi Sangam which dominated the sprint events leads the medal tally in the girls division with eight gold medals followed by Swami Vivekananda College. Nadi Muslim finished third with four gold medals.

A total of 19 records were set yesterday as athletes look forward to another day of tough competition today.

Tournament official Pita Bolaidua said the first day was a success and predicted tough competition in the finals today.

He said having the zone meet at the synthetic tracks for the first time also lifted the performance of the athletes.

“The competition started well and it lifted to another level compared to previous years,” said Bolaidua.

“Running at the synthetic tracks is something new for most of these athletes as they are getting the taste of what to expect in Suva.

“The medal tally changes now and then and we expect stiff competition tomorrow,” he added.

Records: Sub junior girls 1500m Alena Naiyala of Korovuto College (5mins 54.36sec), sub junior boys 1500m Raivau Mesulame of Nasesevia Secondary (5min 04.30sec), inter boys 1500m: George John Vere of Swami Vivekananda (4min 44.1sec), inter boys javelin: Nemani Delaivoni of Nadi Sangam (46.39m), inter boys shotput: Rusiate Vakaloloma (12.56m), Junior boys discuss: Paula Kuya of Ratu Navula (39.36m), sub junior boys 800m Alipate Tomu of Nasesevia Secondary (2min 27.61sec), sub junior boys discuss: Jospeh O’Neil of Nasesevia Secondary (26.8m), senior girls 800m: Sainimere Tinaitabuliti of Ratu Navula (3min OO.97 sec), junior girls 400m Joshifini Neihamu of Swami Vivekananda (1min 09.16sec), senior girls long jump: Keasi Gale of Ratu Navula (4.60m), inter girls long jump: Sulueti Navila of Nawai Secondary (4.75m), junior boys 400m: MNosese Bobi of Swani Vivekananda (54.66sec), senior girls 400m:Merewalesi Marama of Ratu Navula (1min 03.62sec), senior boys 400m: Alifereti Ratematema of Ratu Navula(52.11sec), sub junior boys 100m: Ratu Simione Nadurutalo of Swami Vivekananda (11.76sec), junior boys long jump: Neumi Kalou of Votualevu (5.77m) sub junior boys javelin: Meli Ratulevu of Ratu Navula (31.90m), senior boys discus: Levi Naisuludriu of Ratu Navula (32m)

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