SPRINTER Makereta Naulu fulfilled her late mother, Akesa Kamusu’s wish after she won a bronze medal in the 100 metres of the women’s competition at the Korman Stadium in Port Vila, Vanuatu, yesterday.
She ran against Pacific sprint queen Toea Wisil from Papua New Guinea and Patricia Taea.
Wisil came first, clocking 12 seconds flat, while Tae of Cook Islands clocked 12.08secs and Naulu settled for a bronze medal with 12.19secs.
Naulu’s mum died two months ago from cancer.
“I thank God for the bronze,” she said.
“I dedicate this medal to my mum, who had been supporting me. The medal is also for the people of Fiji.”
The former Adi Cakobau School sprinter said she did her best to beat Wisil.
“It was a hard race. My mum would have been proud of my achievement. I have been on a break for two weeks and it is hard to make a comeback on the tracks.
“This is my first Pacific Mini Games and it was a good competing against Toea.”
Story and Photo by Fiji Times