Clash Of Events Keeps Raqato Busy
Jasper Williams High School jumper Rosalia Raqato overcame her injuries to defend her senior girls high jump title at the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.
The 19-year-old from Sasa village in Ba cleared a height of 1.60m to win gold beating silver medallist Amelia Finau of Ballantine Memorial School who jumped a height of 1.50m and bronze medallist Paulini Rokomamama of Adi Cakobau School who also jumped 1.50m.
Raqato also participated in the senior girls triple jump which clashed with her major event- high jump.
After her triple jump event, Raqato rushed to her second event even though she had an injured hip bone.
“It is truly an honour to win a gold medal in my event since it is my last year in school and defending my title through tough training is really worth it,” Raqato said.
“After doing my triple jump, I had to switch to high jump because it was my main event and it clashed.
“I was a bit scared and nervous because I sustained a hip bone injury from the triple jump but I knew I had to pull through and toughen up.
“When I got to my high jump event they were already jumping their second height so the officials told me that they would put the height down to the starting height and I had to jump the two heights one after the other in order to jump with the rest of the girls.
“Hearing that really made my heart race and I was already doubting myself because I was not sure if I could win.”
Attending the school that holds the title for the girls division, Raqato said the pressure motivated her because she knew Jasper had to defend their title.
“Being at Jasper, there is always that pressure to win a medal and do your utmost best and defending one’s title is not an easy task,” she said.
“I am really happy that I got to end the day with a gold medal that I am sure that will put a smile on many faces, whether they are students or ex-scholars.”