2019 Coke Games: Champions again!

Ratu Kadavulevu School athletes celebrate after defending their title as the overall boys’ champion at the 2019 Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

DEFENDING Champions Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) and Adi Cakobau School (ACS) fought through the three days of the 2019 Coca-Cola Games to retain their titles of the overall girls and boys champions.

The Delainakaikai boys won a total of 14 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals to win the boys title for the second year in a row. Overall girls champion ACS bagged 17 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze medals.

RKS team manager John Levy said the school had the goal of retaining the title once again.

“It was not easy defending our overall boys title as it came with a lot of pressure from other schools that were prepared to take us down this year.

“Everyone comes to the games with a motive to win, we also came with a goal and that was to win again and we made it,” said Levy.

Athletics Fiji technical adviser and former Olympian Albert Miller described the games as an exciting and even competition.

“Competition was very close throughout the three days and I guess ACS did exceptionally well but in the boys division it came down to the last few events where we could determine who was going to win the title and that made it more exciting.

“The competition was pretty even and really outstanding results with times and distances showcased,” said Miller.

In second place in the boys division was Marist Brothers High School with nine gold, 17 silver and six bronze medals and third was Suva Grammar School with six gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

Second in the overall girls division was St Joseph’s Secondary School with seven gold, four silver and five bronze medals and third as Jasper Williams High School with five gold, 10 silver and eight bronze medals.

Best female athlete was awarded to Naomi Sigaruarua of Adi Cakobau School who grabbed gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events while the best male athlete was awarded to blue ribbon winner Kolinio Radrudru of Ratu Kadavulevu School who won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

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