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Lasaqa: Who Dares Wins

Running without shoes was something that pushed Camari Adi Lasaqa of Wainibuka Secondary School to win the Open girls 1500 metres gold medal during the 2018 Coca-Cola Games at the
20 Apr 2018 11:27
Lasaqa: Who Dares Wins
Camari Adi Lasaqa of Wainibuka Secondary with her 1500meters inter-girls final gold medal during Coca-Cola games at ANZ Stadium on April 4, 2018. Photo:Ronald Kumar.

Running without shoes was something that pushed Camari Adi Lasaqa of Wainibuka Secondary School to win the Open girls 1500 metres gold medal during the 2018 Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium yesterday

Wearing one sock, the 16- year old of Nalidi, Wainibu­ka ran, among athletes who were properly outfitted, but she proved in the end that only those who dares win.

In the final round, Lasaqa felt the pain in the leg as the blister started to develop.

But Lasaqa pushed on regardless and focused on finishing the job.

“I felt my leg started to hurt,”she recalled.

“One thing that comes to my mind is my family and the sacrifices the coaches have done to bring me here. So I persevered as I had to pull through.

“This is not the end, I kept saying, I ran through it and I was forever determined to win. It was a case of who dare wins.

“I will be running in the 3000m to­day, it will be a challenge but I will try my best.”

Lasaqa clocked 5:06 mins, Melania Turaga of Jasper Williams High School was second (5:08 mins) and bronze medal to Lavenia Kororia of Naiyala Secondary School (5:13 mins).

The record still stands at 4:43 mins which was set by Maia Ramsden of International School Suva in 2017.

Edited by Osea Bola

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