Wainibuka duo dominate long-distance race

WAINUBUKA athletes Rusiate Kakaivalu and Makereta Adikubu dominated the long-distance events at yesterday’s Central Division FMF Chow Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The duo scooped two gold medals in the 1500m and 800m races in the U14 grade.

Both attend Turagarua Primary School in Tailevu and the pair have similar accounts behind their first win at the athletics meet.

In previous years, they have represented their district in the 100m and 200m events.

This year, the team coaches and management had shifted their game plan and tested their strength in the long-distance events which turned out success fulfor the 14-year-olds.

Year 7 student, Makereta said after coming in second last at last year’s 100m race, the change in her events raised her hopes to compete this year.

“I am very happy because all of the hill running and other training have finally paid off,” she said.

“I just thank the coaches for believing in me this year and I have next year to prove myself again in this athletics meet.”

While this is Rusiate’s final year in primary school, he said he could not have ended it on a higher note.

“Even after coming in second last in the 100m last year, this year was a different story because I ran two long-distance events (800m, 1500m) and won gold medals,” he said.

“I am grateful for the win and I am sure this will encourage other athletes to not give up on running,” he said.

Wainibuka team manager Patrick Douglas said the team came into this year’s competition with the aim to improve their performance and he was proud of the achievement made by the team.

“Even though we do not have as much resources as the teams based here in town, we came and did our best and I am sure we proved the athletic talent and potential that our students have,” he said.

Wainibuka came in fourth in the overall Central Division Chow Games with seven gold, six silver and 13 bronze medals.

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