Caption: Beniamino Maravu of St Bedes College (second from right) wins Senior Boys 100m Finals. Photo: COURTESY OF ANN LAL.
By VARANISESE NASILASILA
Known as one of a threat in previous years of coca cola games 400 meters event, Beniamino Maravu took a brave move that later earned him the blue ribbon title after he clocked a time of 10.82 seconds in the senior boys 100 meters final, last night.
“I tried 100 meters last year but I didn’t make it, so I trained again and with new track shoes I made sure to try my best and win the blue ribbon,” he said.
Maravu who faced a few difficulties with the change didn’t let that stop him from winning.
“The speedwork is different, for 400 meters it doesn’t need that much speed whereas for 100 meters you will need more speed and endurance to finish the race well,” said the 19 year old.
Sila Central’s Waisake Raselala won silver while Francis Kirikula of Suva Grammar School won bronze.
Meanwhile in the senior girl’s category, Sisilia Sevula of Saint Joseph Secondary School won gold after clocking a time of 12.71 seconds.
“Competition was very solid, standing next to my two rivals from Adi Cakobau and Sila Central but it I was never going to give up,” she said.
Seavula dedicated her victory to her mother, and plans to continue training for the Oceania Championship next two weeks.
Seavula defeated timaima Qica of Sila Central College who settled for Silver while Adi Cakobau school’s Elenoa Sailosi took bronze.
Younis Bese of Gospel High School won gold, Vasemaca Radinilagi of Jasper Williams High School won silver while Mereisi Naite of Solevu Junior Secondary settled for bronze.
Jacob Waqanivalu of Suva Grammar School scooped silver while Taniela Kepa of Lautoka Muslim College settled for bronze.
At the end of Day one, Eleven records were broken as Marist brothers high School lead the medal tally with 4 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze.Queen Victoria School in second place with 4 gold, while Xavier College is in third place with 2 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze.
Suva Grammar is in fourth place with 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.
Meanwhile defending champion in the girls division, Adi Cakobau School leads with 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. Jasper Williams High is in second place with 2 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze. While, Xavier College is in third place with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze while Saint Josephs Secondary School is in fourth place with 2 gold and 1 silver.