Rokovucago Knows How To Beat Them

“The onus is on me to work hard in the next few weeks and make sure I’m fit and ready to compete.”
19 Mar 2021 14:29
Rokovucago Knows How To Beat Them
Sailosi Rokovucago on his way to win the Tailevu Zone gold medal in the senior boys 1500m at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on March 18, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The body language of the Ratu Kadavulevu School and Queen Victoria runners convinced Sailosi Rokovucago that he could beat them.

The former RKS student created a major upset in the senior boys 1500 metres final by coming from 50m behind to beat the giants of RKS and QVS.

The Tailevu North College student’s golden run was one of the highlights during the Tailevu Zone at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

Speaking to SUNsports, the Naitutu,Tailevu native said his race plan was to win.

“Leaving home this morning I knew I will go in as the giant killer,” he said.

“It takes a Lodoni boy to know the other and that’s what happened in the race.

“I know the two runners very well as I’ve raced with one of them and I know his capability and when he will make the move.

“They are not a threat because once you’re ahead of them they are finished.”

Rokovucago added his race plan was to intimidate his opponents.

“RKS runners don’t like to lose because that’s the culture they’ve been taught,” he said.

“My plan was to get infront of them and stick to their pace and when the time is right, make the move to win.

“I did that and it paid out and now I’m into the Coke Games and hope they do make it.

“ Once you’re ahead of them it really demoralise their efforts.

“ For now I will have to train well and increase the intensity.

“It will be very interesting at the Coke Games because the Tailevu athletes will be out to beat me.

“ At the Coke Games I will be up the intensity and pace.

“Now I will have to stay focused and concentrate on other schools that are better than RKS because the small schools can create upsets at the Coke Games.”


Spot on

Coke Games is next for long distance runner Makelesi Maramaniwaibuta of Tailevu North College.

Hailing from Naivicula, Wainibuka she won the junior girls 1500metres to grab gold during the Tailevu Zone clocking 5minutes 42 seconds.

Speaking to SUNsports, Maramaniwaibuta  is excited about the annual meet at the ANZ Stadium.

“This will be the first time for me to participate at the Coke Games,” she said.

“I’m so excited and looking forward to the Games in a few weeks time.

“There’s a lot of work to be done but I’m ready for the challenge.”

She added preparations will be different heading to the Coke Games.

“It’s the Coke Games and the competition will be tougher so I’ll have to prepare well,” she said.

“Now my training has to be spot on take it to another level.

“The onus is on me to work hard in the next few weeks and make sure I’m fit and ready to compete.”

The competition continues today.



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