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Naiteqe Defies All Odds

Naiteqe Defies All Odds
Luke Qionibaravi of Segaga Central College during junior boys high jump final during Coca-Cola games at ANZ Stadium on Apri 20, 2018.Photo: Ronad Kumar.
April 21
11:06 2018

Ilisoni Naiteqe created history by win­ning Dilkusha Methodist High School’s first ever Coca- Cola Games gold medal at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday.

The 17-year-old, Naqali, Naitasiri native cleared the bar at 1.86 metres to win the in­termediate boys competition.

Speaking to SUNsports, Naiteqe said the win was for his mum who had made a lot of sacrifices to raise him.

Naiteqe’s personal best was during the Triple N Zone when he jumped 2.01m.

“I actually did not expect this because I knew coming into the Games would be more competitive compared to the zone,” he said.

“This win is for my mother who flew in all the way from Australia just to be with me here today.

“One thing I have learnt is never give up, this is my second attempt at the Fiji finals and I managed to win gold. If you want something you must work hard for it.”

DHMS manager Josefa Tuinabou said this was a milestone achievement for the school since he was their only athlete competing.

Caleb Waivou of Natabua High School of Lautoka won silver with a jump of 1.83m and Kolaia Ivi of Ratu Kadavulevu School came in third.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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