Boletakanakadavu hot favorite to win 100 mtrs title again, close tussle expected between Marist’s Tuigau and Grammar’s Caginivalu

Boletakanakadavu hot favorite to win 100 mtrs title again, close tussle expected between Marist’s Tuigau and Grammar’s Caginivalu

By Mosese Raqio , Vijay Narayan
Thursday 27/04/2023
MGM High School’s Kesaia Boletakanakadavu, Marist Brothers High School’s Mesulame Tuigau and Grammar’s Semesa Caginivalu

Get ready for the ultimate showdown in this year’s Coca-Cola Games 100 metres senior boys and girls finals following exciting heats on day 1.

MGM High School’s Kesaia Boletakanakadavu is the hot favourite to win the 100 metres again.

Boletakanakadavu clocked the fastest time in the senior girls division - stopping the clock at 12.25 seconds.

Her main threats would be Adi Cakobau School’s Melania Ranadi who clocked a time of 12.49 seconds in her heat and Suva Grammar’s Chloe David who ran a time of 12.55 seconds. David came second in the heat won by Ranadi.

In the boys division, Marist Brothers High School’s Mesulame Tuigau clocked the fastest time.

His time was 10.86 seconds.

Tuigau is expected to face tough competition from Grammar’s Semesa Caginivalu who clocked a time of 10.88 seconds and Ratu Alipate Vuiwakaya of Grammar who ran in a time of 10.90 seconds.

Meanwhile, Suva Grammar’s Claudy David has also made a statement in the intermediate girls 100 metres after a commanding finish in her heat today. She has qualified for the final alongside ACS duo, Imeri Nasali and Dovitila Naita, Natabua High School’s Oca Dia Nasulunibawa and Marica Narebai, Suva Grammar’s Ivamere Fifita and MGM’s Tirisiani Kiliraki and Elizabeth Chute.

Expect another tussle in the intermediate boys 100 metres final as MGM’s Emosi Laqere has clocked the fastest time of 10.91 seconds while MGM’s Penaia Ramasirai has qualified with a time of 11 seconds.

Other athletes gunning for gold in this are Marist’s Ravuama Latilevu and Viliame Vela, Queen Victoria School’s Nathan Steven and RKS runners Joseph Andrews and Alipate Navukula.

In the junior girls division, MGM’s Leila Sanday and Lidia Waqairapoa, Filomena Navula of ACS, Natabua High’s Alisi Drasuna and Storm Naivalu, Keleni Lutu Samantha of Bucalevu Secondary, Emelia Lobendahn Wood and Vunisea Secondary’s Jeini Mereani Saukilagi have qualified for the final.

For the junior boys, the tussle will be between Gospel High School’s Salamisa Masi, International School Suva’s Francis Bakaniceva and Ratu Kadavulevu School’s Aminiasi Tavailagi.

Suva Grammar’s Simon Wilson and Lami High School’s Inoke Bewakau have also qualified for the final.

The 100 metres finals will be held at 2.40pm tomorrow

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