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Former national champions and current coaches have predicted a tough competition in the 2015 Coca-Cola Games which will start at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow. Former Pacific sprint queen Makelesi Batimala
23 Apr 2015 07:41
Athletes To Watch
Suva Grammar School athletes with their sponsorship cheque for the 2015 Coca-Cola Games from Handy Finance. Photo: Jona Konataci

Former national champions and current coaches have predicted a tough competition in the 2015 Coca-Cola Games which will start at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow. Former Pacific sprint queen Makelesi Batimala has anticipated a very highly-contested competition on the tracks.

“Competition will be very high this year, most of these athletes have undergone training from quality coaches and have been exposed to advanced competitions,she said.

“This includes  schools around Fiji the West, Central divisions who have coaches I believe are more educated and have been exposed to very high level of competition and proper training,” Bulikiobo said.

“Most of the athletes are also following proper nutrition and recovery programmes which will boost them in these two days competition,” Batimala said.

Some of the interesting top track events for the two day competition will be the 100m and 200m senior boys events, which will be strongly contested by Aaron Powell of Gospel High School and Batinisavu Uluiyata of Natabua High School.

Senior boys 800m Suva Grammar School athlete Inia Sili is preparing to produce a good time.

“400m race from sub junior girls to senior boys and the 4x400m and 4x100m relays will be exciting.”

Field events

Former national and Pacific triple and long jump champion Gabirieli Qoro strongly believes Natabua senior boys long jumper Waisale Dausoko will be an athlete to look out for in the senior boy’s long jump.

“Dausoko’s best is 7m and we have other jumpers from Suva Grammar, Ratu Kadavulevu School and Queen Victoria School who are jumping at 6.7m and 6.8m,” he said.

“It should be very competitive.”

Qoro believes the intermediate boy’s triple jump should be another event which will produce surprising results since Lomary athlete Belasio set his best at 14m.

“Lomary Secondary school athlete Belasio has set his personal best at 14m,” he said.

“Other athletes from Ratu Kadavulevu School are clearing 13.7 and 13.8m, so there will be surprising results which will be seen from this event.

“The Intermediate Boys high jump will be highly contested by athletes from Natabua, Marist Brothers High School and Xavier College and St Joseph’s Secondary School will be coming out strong in the fields.

“For the girls divisions Jasper and Adi Cakobau School will compete the senior girls long and triple jump.”

Qoro said Marist Brothers High School was highly likely to dominate the throwing events from junior to senior boys, given their depth and dominance in these events  during the two-day competition.

“Marist has depth in their squad and they will definitely look strong in the throws events without any upset they should be able to dominate from junior to senior boys divisions,” he added.

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