10.98s. That’s right – 10.98s! That’s the time Fairvale High School student Manoa Veikoso ran to win the 100m gold medal at the NSW Combined High Schools State Athletic Championships recently.
The Fijian flyer equaled a 24-year-old record and became the first 15-year-old to break the 11-second barrier this year.
Not bad for someone with no formal training.
He also battled a hip injury which meant he had to forgo higher honours in his two other sporting pursuits: rugby league and touch football.
For good measure he backed up his dominant 100m performance to win gold in the 200m.
He has now replicated his idol Usain Bolt in winning the 100m-200m double in two straight state titles.
His next meet is the NSW All Schools titles, with an eye on the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in December.
Last year at Nationals he came third in his pet 100m event in the under-16 division and fifth in the 200-metres competing against boys a year above himself.
Still eligible for the under-16s, this year he has one thing on his mind
“Hopefully I can win gold,” the humble teenager said.
“I just love running fast.”
I just love running fast.