Tamani shows class

RISING track star Tevita Tamani blitzed the Natabua High School grass tracks to stamp his mark as the Lautoka Primary School fastest student.

The 14-year-old of Toga Village in Rewa was in top form winning the under-14 boys 100m and 200m events during the Lautoka Primary Schools Athletics competition yesterday.

Tamani said he had reaped the fruit of sacrifices, commitment, dedication and sheer hard work during training.

He attributed his achievement to his dad and namesake, his coach master Ame and to the Almighty God for blessing him with his talent.

“I am happy to win the 100 and 200m and this achievement was made possible due to the support of my dad and coach,” said the Lautoka Primary School Year 8 student.

“I also thank the Lord for his blessing which enabled me to with these two races.”

Tamani said he had his focus repeating the similar feat at the upcoming national meet to be held at Lawaqa Park in November.

He said the competition would be tough but he was confident of his chances.

“I am confident of doing well even though all the top sprinters from around Fiji will be there to compete.

“I still need to improve on my training and better prepare for the national meet.”

Tamani also confirmed to this newspaper that he had been approached by few Marist Brothers High School teachers and officials to join the Suva school next season.

“I have been approached by some Marist athletics officials but I am still considering my option.

“My focus is to first do well at the primary school meet.”

He said his ultimate aim was to be like the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt.

His dad was lost for words after witnessing Tamani’s races yesterday.

“Iam proud of his effort and I thank his coach for the hard work,” said Tamani Sr.

“I have been guiding and supporting him at training every day and our hard work pays off.”

Meanwhile, Lavina Lagi of Drasa Avenue School was crowned the Lautoka’s fastest primary school grils winning the under-14 Girls 100m race.

She also helped her City Rangers team to win the Girls U14 4*100m relay yesterday.

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