Kaiwalu training ‘My Level Best’

“I won my first gold medal during Coke Games in 2008 for Xavier Col­lege at sub-junior level.
24 Feb 2019 09:55
Kaiwalu training ‘My Level Best’
Malakai Kaiwalu clears the bar in the Open Mens high jump during the Shop N Save Grand Prix at the Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Malakai Kaiwalu, 24, is con­fident of representing Fiji in the high jump event at the Pacific Games in Samoa in July.

He competed with the athlet­ics squad during the Shop N Save Grand Prix at Churchill Park, Lau­toka yesterday.

Kaiwalu hails from the island of Vatulele, and is deter­mined to win gold for Fiji.

He started competing in the event as a sub junior for Xavier College.

“I won my first gold medal during Coke Games in 2008 for Xavier Col­lege at sub-junior level.

“But in my second year competing at the intermediate level, I broke Tony Rahiman’s high jump record from 1.96 to 2.01m which was the new record for inter boys in 2012.”

In 2016, he represented Fiji in the Melanesian Games in Suva where he equaled the national record of 2.09m.

Since then he has repre­sented Fiji at the Oceania Games, Pacific Mini Games in 2017 where he picked up another gold medal. He also took part in the 2018 Com­monwealth Games in Gold Coast.

“I’ve qualified through the second trials for the Pacific Games squad and I am aiming to get gold for Fiji. I’m training at my level best.

“Penial Richards of Papua New Guinea is my main competitor.

I am always competing with him, his personal best is 2.05m and my best is 2.09.

“I started training at the end of last year and I’m aiming to get an­other personal best.

“My coach Benidito Qumi has taught me to be disciplined and to aim high.”

He graduated last year with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Fiji National University.

Edited by Osea Bola


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