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Inoke’s Bullet Start Gets Him Gold

Waisele Inoke’s bullet start gave him the edge at the senior boys’ 100 metres final of the 2022 Coca-Cola Games at the HFC Bank Stadium on Friday 19 August.
21 Aug 2022 20:15
Inoke’s Bullet Start Gets Him Gold
Waisele Inoke of Mahatma Ghandi Memorial School leaps into the air during his long jump event at the HFC Bank Stadium, Suva on August 19, 2022. He won gold in the long jump and senior boys 100 metres event. Photo: Leon Lord

Waisele Inoke’s bullet start gave him the edge at the senior boys’ 100 metres final of the 2022 Coca-Cola Games at the HFC Bank Stadium on Friday 19 August.

Claiming the blue-ribbon event after stopping the clock at 11.1 seconds, an overwhelmed Inoke said, “My good and strong start were key elements to my win.”

He dedicated his Blue-Ribbon win to his late grandmother and cousin Monika Koroidrekelevu who passed away this year.

The Rotuma native’s mother is from Yavulo, Nadroga .

The double Coca-Cola gold medalist had won the senior boys long jump gold earlier in the day after jumping 7.05 metres.

“At the starting line I focused at having a good start as this was very important if I want to win the race,” he said.

“The 100m it’s all about the start, I came out of the blocks fast and strong and that laid the platform for the gold win.

“The gun sounded I knew that I had to push from start to finish as the pressure was on – that carried me to the finish line.

“I had good competition on my left and right because all runners were fast but I slowed down in the last 10 metres.

“I feel great, happy and satisfied winning two gold medals in this year’s Coca-Cola Games it’s an achievement that I’ve always dreamt of.

“I participated in the mini–South Pacific Games, I have been preparing the past six months and that helped me a lot.

“I want to dedicate this medal and win to my late grandmother who passed away a few months ago.

“I also want to dedicate this medal to my cousin Monika whom we buried in Volivoli Nadroga.

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