Athletics

Malakai Kaiwalu equals national record, makes mum proud

Liviana Kaiwalu was a proud mother yesterday after her son Malakai Kaiwalu won gold in the Senior Men’s high jump at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Not only did the Taunovo, Vatulele native won gold but had also equaled the national record after jumping a height 2. 09m in his second attempt. Kaiwalu finished ahead of […]

Luke Nacei

July 9, 2016 6:55 am

Liviana Kaiwalu was a proud mother yesterday after her son Malakai Kaiwalu won gold in the Senior Men’s high jump at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Malakai Kaiwalu with his proud mom Liviana Kaiwalu. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Malakai Kaiwalu with his proud mum Liviana Kaiwalu at ANZ Stadium in Suva last night. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Not only did the Taunovo, Vatulele native won gold but had also equaled the national record after jumping a height 2. 09m in his second attempt.

Kaiwalu finished ahead of Australia’s Grant Szalele who won silver also with a distance of 2.09m but was successful in his third attempt while PNG Peniel Richard won bronze with a distance of 1.97m.

His mom Ms Kaiwalu last watched her son took part in 2012 during the Coca-Cola games where he also won gold in the Intermediate Boys high jump.

The 21-year-old missed 0ut on the selection during his preparation for the 2013 Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna which was disappointing for him.

Meanwhile, Mala could not express how he felt after winning his gold medal last night.

KAIWALU: “I was not expecting this gold since I’m taking part again after four years since 2012. The competition was tough especially from Australia and PNG.”
Ms Kaiwalu who was in tears of joy said supporting her son was always her main priority.
KAIWALU: “I am the proudest mom today I just can’t explain how happy I am for my son. I came from Ba 3am in the morning just to come and see my son performance, he called me and told me to to be here so I took a special day off just to come and watch my son. He asked me for a $200 track shoes and I told him that I’m going to buy it, I’m really happy for him.”
The three-day athletics competition ends today.

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