The 200m was the first of the finals that had Team Fiji represented in the U18 Girls’ finals, Open Women’s finals and Open Men’s finals. Serenia Ragatu kicked things off winning bronze in the Girls’ U18 200m finals in a time of 25.22s. Also in that final were Salote Baravilala (26.05s) and Louisa Tubailagi (26.26s) who finished in 4th and 5th respectively. Up next was Heleina Young who was looking to add another gold medal to her Melanesian outing but Australia’s Nicole Kay had something to say about that. Kay stormed the finish line 0.27s ahead of Heleina who had to settle for silver in a time of 24.77s.
Team Fiji was represented by Livai Maravou, Jim Colasau and Malasebe Tuvusa in the Open Men’s 200m. Livai (22.52s) and Jim (22.99s) progressed on to the finals where they respectively finished 4th and 8th while Tuvusa failed to make it to the finals after clocking a time of 23.17s in the heats.
Vilorina Tuilawaki continued her silver medal performance in the Open Women’s 800m clocking an impressive 2mins 20.97s behind Australia’s Isabella Thornton-Bott (2mins 10.67s). Also continuing her silver medal performance from yesterday was Fane Sauvakacolo in the Open Women’s Triple Jump. Fane jumped an impressive 11.26m proving that her 11.40m a couple of weeks back wasn’t sheer luck.
Team captain Marika Cabenagauna and Errol Qaqa added to Team Fiji’s medal tally when they each won a silver medal and bronze medal respectively in the Open Men’s 800m final and Open Men’s 400m hurdles.
Also adding to the medal tally were the Men’s and Women’s senior 4x100m relay teams who finished 3rd and 2nd respectively. The Women’s team that consisted of Ragatu, Tubailagi, Baravilala and Young clocked 47.94s while the Men’s team that was made up of Maravou, Qaqa, Colasau and Tuvusa clocked 42.16s.