Salusalu dominates show

Joeli Ravulo RKS gives thanks after winning the intermediate boys 4x400m final during the Tailevu Zone at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Joeli Ravulo RKS gives thanks after winning the intermediate boys 4x400m final during the Tailevu Zone at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

LONG-DISTANCE champion Viliame Salusalu Jr of Ratu Kadavulevu School won two gold medals in the senior boys 3000 and 1500 metres during the Coca-Cola Tailevu athletics zone at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

The Malabe, Wainibuka, Tailevu lad is the top bet at the 2018 Coca-Cola Games next month.

Salusalu said with one obstacle down he had shifted his focus on to his next challenge which was the Fiji Finals.

“I am thankful to the Almighty God for giving me the strength to pursue my talent and helping me through the obstacles that I face every day,” he said.

“For me personally, it’s nothing new competing in long-distance, but what I fear is the person that I am competing with.

“Training has been the same for me for the past year making sure I eat the right food, train at the right time and focusing on my speed.”

The Ma’afu House senior boy bagged two gold medals in last year’s Coke Games and has set his target to break a record in either event.

“I’ve been winning medals and now my aim is to set a record in the long-distance event and for me to achieve that I need to put in extra work and most of all having faith in myself.”

Since this is his last year in high school Salusalu aims to study civil engineering at the Fiji National University.

In second place was Wainibuka Secondary School’s Atama Vunibola while Queen Victoria school settled for third place.

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