I remembered that day in 1970 well. it (1) __________
a blisteringly hot day and I was lined up for the "Potato Sack" race. (2) _________
nervous, I clutched ends of the sack in my (3) __________
tightly. I could see my parents sitting in the stands, (4) __________
their hands wildly and yelling words of (5) __________
. "Go on, Clara ! You can do it!" came repeatedly over the air above the deafening (6) ___________
of the rowdy crowd.
Sweat slowly (7) __________
down my face as I strained to listen for the crack of the pistol going (8) __________
. Would I be able take the honours? Could I run or hop (9) __________
than Geeta Menon? She was one of the quickest runners in the class. Then there went the gun!
I was running or rather hopping for my life! The turnaround cone was just up (10) __________
! I told myself I musf not (11) __________
. Rounding the cone, I noticed, out of the (12) _________
_ of my eye, that Geeta was not as agile as I thought. Yes, she was a good runner (13) ___________
with her feet in a sack, she seemed all tied up, like a clumsy oaf. My heart lifted a little then and I (14) __________
on reaching the finishing line first.
Lunging forward, I literally fell on top of the tape. I could not (15) ___________
my eyes and ears when my parents rushed up to congratulate me. I had
won! I would cherish that moment for a long time afterwards.