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Maharaj Eyes MGM’s First Coca-Cola Gold

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School will be banking on long distance runner Avish Maharaj to win their first gold medal at this year’s Coca-Cola Games. The 15-year-old clocked 9.15 minutes
18 Feb 2021 14:48
Maharaj Eyes MGM’s First Coca-Cola Gold
Avish Maharaj - Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School will be banking on long distance runner Avish Maharaj to win their first gold medal at this year’s Coca-Cola Games.

The 15-year-old clocked 9.15 minutes in the intermediate boys 1500m final during the school’s interhouse competition at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

With the win, Maharaj has set out his plans of running in his first ever Coca-Cola Games from April 22-24.

Speaking to SUNsports, Maharaj said he really need to prepare well for the Suva Zone One before he could focus on the Coke Games.

“First things first, I’ll have to focus on improving my time and running technique for the Suva Zone One meet,” he said.

“If I do that and qualify then I’ll be able to win my school’s first ever gold medal at the Coka Games.

“I’ve accomplished my first goal and that is to qualify for the zone so for now I’ll have to work on my competition fitness.

“The Coke Games is a totally different story because there will be a lot of good runners vying for that gold medal.”

Maharaj said the interhouse competition has helped him identify his weaknesses.

“I’ve to sacrifice a lot of things in my preparations. Now I’ve gauged my performance and I know where my fitness level is. I really have to work on my speed, start and stamina.”

Maharaj said he needs to be strong because he is running in the 3000m as well.

“I’ve to be mentally and physically fit with my core strength leading the way.

But as of now I’ll just have to focus on getting ready for the Suva Zone One before I could say anything else about the Coke Games,” he added.

The interhouse results will be announced on Friday during the school’s prefect induction ceremony.

 
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