1991 Mesulame Rakuro - Athletics

1991 Mesulame Rakuro

Mesulame Rakuro became Fiji's first Olympic Track and Field athlete when he represented the country in the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Perhaps, the highlight of his many superlative performances was at White City in London. In a Great Britain versus the Commonwealth match, after the Cardiff Commonwealth Games in 1958, Mesulame Rakuro hurled the discuss 51.84 metres to take the silver medal.

Mesulame Rakuro represented Fiji in :

- the inaugural 1963 Suva South Pacific Games, winning gold medals in discuss and shot put

- the 1966 Noumea South Pacific Games winning a gold medal in discuss

He also represented Fiji in the 1954 Vancouver and 1958 Cardiff Britsh Empire Games.

Mesulame was invited to compete in the Malaysian Championships in 1957 where he won a gold medal in shot put.

Mesulame Rakuro, who collapsed and died at his home in Drasa, Lautoka in 1969 at the age of 38, at the time of his induction he holds the national discuss record of 51.81 metres, which he created in 1958.


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