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Coke Games 2019: Self Confidence Pushed Me To Victory, Says Karan

Fiji rep Petero Veitaqomaki who represented Fiji in the 4x400m re­lay team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and also at the 2018 Oceania Athletics championship simply failed to match-up to Karan.
17 Apr 2019 16:24
Coke Games 2019: Self Confidence Pushed Me To Victory, Says Karan
Yeshnil Karan of Tavua College wins the senior boys’s 1500m final on April 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Tavua College’s Yeshnil Karan created the first upset of the 2019 Coca-Cola Games when he beat national rep and Marist Brothers High School’s Petero Veitaqomaki in the 1500 metres sen­ior boys final at the ANZ Stadium, Suva last night.

Veitaqomaki who represented Fiji in the 4x400m re­lay team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and also at the 2018 Oceania Athletics championship simply failed to match-up to Karan.

The Yaladro, Tavua lad was not deterred of running against Veitaqomaki who had won the 1500m gold medal at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Karan clocked a time of 4:09.03 minutes to beat Vei­taqomaki who came in second with a time of 4:21.46 mins while Tomasi Delana of Nadogo Secondary School won bronze.

Karan said that he always believed in himself.

“I did not see him as a national rep but I trusted myself and I had faith that I can win gold medal,” he said.

“He was not a threat to me but I played my tech­niques well, I trained every day and I gave my best.

“I dedicate this win to my parents, family and every­one back in Tavua.”

Karan and Veitaqomaki will run again in today’s 3000m race.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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