Golden Leap For Dau­soko

Fiji Sun - - 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship - JUS­TINE MANNAN jus­tine.mannan@fi­

For­mer Natabua High School stu­dent Waisake Dau­soko took out gold in the se­nior men’s Long Jump with a dis­tance of 7.40 me­tres in the Me­lane­sian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship at the ANZ Sta­dium yes­ter­day. Win­ning gold is not new to the 20-year-old from Raki­raki. He won gold in the 2015 Coca-Cola Games where he set the record in the Se­nior Boys Long Jump with a dis­tance of 7.16 me­tres.

“I’m ex­cited about win­ning gold at the Me­lane­sian Games be­cause I was not ex­pect­ing to come first,” Dau­soko said. “Know­ing that I was go­ing up against other ath­letes from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, I was re­ally ner­vous and had a lot of pres­sure on me. “But I’ve come a long way and have a long way to go. “This was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for me and it was re­ally tough but it made me learn and shows me how hard I re­ally to work.” Even though Dau­soko did not set his per­sonal best, he has set his eyes on rep­re­sent­ing Fiji at the Olympic Games in fu­ture. “I wanted to set my per­sonal best and win gold and make my coun­try proud. “Those were my three goals and even though I did not set my per­sonal best, I am still proud of my­self,’ he said.

“I would not be here if it wasn’t for the sup­port of my fam­ily and friends who kept en­cour­ag­ing me. “I am aim­ing for the Olympic Games, that is my one dream that I am work­ing to­wards. “But right now, I know what I have to do to im­prove and be­come bet­ter.” The 2016 Me­lane­sian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship con­tin­ues to­day at the ANZ Sta­dium. Edited by Osea Bola

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