Pacific Mini Games: Rakesa grabs gold in javelin

Iosefo Rakesa with his medal. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fijian athlete Iosefo Rakesa won gold in the men’s javelin ambulant F41 event at the Pacific Mini Games in the Northern Marianas yesterday.

Rakesa won gold with a throw of 36.93 metres.

Rakesa, who is a technician by profession, is of short stature due to a congenital disorder.

He began para-athletics in 2016 in Suva as he wanted to compete at the Paralympic Games.

He was offered javelin lessons by a friend and enjoyed it.

“Before that, I was playing rugby and soccer, but nobody chose me to go overseas and then I saw athletics,” he said.

“I liked it immediately. It has opened doors,” he told the International Paralympic Committee in an earlier interview.

He is a member of the Laucala Athletics Club and is coached by Freddy Fatiaki.

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