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TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS MEDAL PRESENTATIONS

The track and field events are getting very ‘tuff’ during this week’s competitions within different type of field events you can name it. Men Pole Vault (Sen) Geffrouais Florian of New Caledonia with 4.00m won the Gold Medal Filiaki Mosese from Tonga, Silver Medal, with 3.50m And Bronze Medal went to Tauvale Vinceslas, 3.40m, from Wallis and Futuna. Men’s Hammer Throw (Sen) Cassier Erwan, New Caledonia with 57.05m also won Gold Medal. Silver Medal went to Toto Petelo of New Caledonia with 53.24m Paraka Debono from Papua New Guinea won Bronze Medal with a 37.17m throw. Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase (Sen) Gahekave Poro, Papua New Guinea won Gold Medal with a time of 11:54.37. Another Silver Medal went to Papua New Guinea, Boram Esther with 12:44.76. The Bronze Medal was won by Tine Tuna still from Papua New Guinea, with 12:56.38. Papua New Guinea claimed three medals (gold, silver and bronze) in the senior women’s 3000 meters steeplechase. Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase (Sen) Charley Simon of Vanuatu took the Gold Medal, with a time of 9:44.37. Another Silver for Vanuatu from, Nawka Lelo Jack, with 9:48.54. Bronze Medal for Kaspar Simbai from Papua New Guinea, with 9:55.81. Women’s 400 meter (Sen) Senokonoko Miriama from Fiji, with 57.34m, won Gold Followed by, Tinai Elenani also from Fiji,57.90m won the Silver Medal. And Bronze to Malamut Nancy from Papua New Guinea,...

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Final day of Athletics saw a range of success on both the track and the field

It was a successful day for many athletes as the 2017 Pacific Mini Games Athletics meet came to a close. On Thursday afternoon, the Men’s 1500m saw Fiji finish first with Petero Veitaqomaki getting the gold, in front of Papua New Guinea’s Martin Orovo and Vanuatu’s Samson Laus. Veitaqomaki was excited with his first gold medal win. “I am excited for my performance. It is my first time to win gold in this kind of event in the Pacific.” In the Women’s 1500m race, Papua New Guinea won both gold and silver through the efforts of Poro Gahekave and Jenny Albert respectively, with Guam taking bronze and in doing so collecting its first medal of the Games. Members of the Guam team watching from the grandstand leapt and squealed with joy before heading down to the track to congratulate their teammate Georgette Criss. Meanwhile in the Women’s 100m Hurdles, PNGs Adrine Monagi won gold leaving New Caledonia’s Jeannette Wacapo with the silver medal in the two-person race. The Men’s Decathlon is always a highlight of a major athletics meet as it runs over two days and requires a broad range of skills and endurance from the athletes across the ten disciplines. The final event, the 1500m, saw New Caledonia’s Florian Geffrouais beat Vanuatu’s Stephen Ham to the line with Sililo Kivalu from Wallis and Futuna finishing third. Geffrouais had...

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Cook Island’s Taea outclassed track queen in 200m race

It has been a massive day for the final events on the Athletics calendar on the penultimate day of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila. Cook Island’s Patricia Taea has set the first record for her country, winning gold in the Women’s 200m race beating Pacific Champion Toea Wisil from Papua New Guinea in a time of 24.16 seconds. Wisiltook silver in 25.13 seconds, while her teammateAfure Adah won the bronze medal. There was high expectation from the crowd for Wisil to get the win but the screaming faded as Taeacrossed the line first in the surprise result. Taea was elated with her victory. “I am out of words to describe how happy I am. It is a surprise for me to beat Papua New Guinea,” she told the Van2017 News Service. “But I am happy for Ms Wisil who has run her best – she is a strong runner. However I have also tried my best to come first in this race. It is the first ever 200m for me to race in and to win.” Taea added it was also her first gold medal and that her teammate who ran in the 800m race also won a gold medal. “We both just made history for Cook Islands. This first gold medal I won will always be remembered and it is my memorial experience,” she said....

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Team Fiji Awaits Appeal Ruling

Team Fiji Chef de Mission Wayne O’Connor confirmed they are awaiting the ruling of the Pacific Mini Games tribunal on the disqualification of Aaron Powell. Powell won the 100metres final on Tuesday but was disqualified for false start. “The result was not satisfactory so now we are taking it to the Pacific Mini Games tribunal,” O’Connor said. But according to VAN2017 technical delegate Yvonne Mullins, Powell would have been disqualified on the spot if there was a recall starter. However, Team Fiji athletics coach Jone Delai maintained Powell had a good start. By Fiji Sun Photo by Peter...

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TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS MEDAL PRESENTATIONS

The track and field events are getting very ‘tuff’ during this week’s competitions within different type of field events you can name it. Men Pole Vault (Sen) Geffrouais Florian of New Caledonia with 4.00m won the Gold Medal Filiaki Mosese from Tonga, Silver Medal, with 3.50m And Bronze Medal went to Tauvale Vinceslas, 3.40m, from Wallis and Futuna. Men’s Hammer Throw (Sen) Cassier Erwan, New Caledonia with 57.05m also won Gold Medal. Silver Medal went to Toto Petelo of New Caledonia with 53.24m Paraka Debono from Papua New Guinea won Bronze Medal with a 37.17m throw. Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase (Sen) Gahekave Poro, Papua New Guinea won Gold Medal with a time of 11:54.37. Another Silver Medal went to Papua New Guinea, Boram Esther with 12:44.76. The Bronze Medal was won by Tine Tuna still from Papua New Guinea, with 12:56.38. Papua New Guinea claimed three medals (gold, silver and bronze) in the senior women’s 3000 meters steeplechase. Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase (Sen) Charley Simon of Vanuatu took the Gold Medal, with a time of 9:44.37. Another Silver for Vanuatu from, Nawka Lelo Jack, with 9:48.54. Bronze Medal for Kaspar Simbai from Papua New Guinea, with 9:55.81. Women’s 400 meter (Sen) Senokonoko Miriama from Fiji, with 57.34m, won Gold Followed by, Tinai Elenani also from Fiji,57.90m won the Silver Medal. And Bronze to Malamut Nancy from Papua New Guinea,...

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Gone, but never forgotten as Naulu dedicates medal to mum

SPRINTER Makereta Naulu fulfilled her late mother, Akesa Kamusu’s wish after she won a bronze medal in the 100 metres of the women’s competition at the Korman Stadium in Port Vila, Vanuatu, yesterday. She ran against Pacific sprint queen Toea Wisil from Papua New Guinea and Patricia Taea. Wisil came first, clocking 12 seconds flat, while Tae of Cook Islands clocked 12.08secs and Naulu settled for a bronze medal with 12.19secs. Naulu’s mum died two months ago from cancer. “I thank God for the bronze,” she said. “I dedicate this medal to my mum, who had been supporting me. The medal is also for the people of Fiji.” The former Adi Cakobau School sprinter said she did her best to beat Wisil. “It was a hard race. My mum would have been proud of my achievement. I have been on a break for two weeks and it is hard to make a comeback on the tracks. “This is my first Pacific Mini Games and it was a good competing against Toea.” Story and Photo by Fiji...

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Heptathlon – the event which intrigues and confuses

The Women’s Heptathlon event began on Tuesday at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games with four competitors from just two nations – one of which is the host nation of Vanuatu. The first four of seven events were held: the 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put and the 200m race with Long Jump, Javelin and an 800m event to complete the seven sport card on Wednesday. Adrine Monagi of PNG competitors dominated the opening hurdles event while Raylyne Kanam, also from Papua New Guinea, is placed second. Jemila Kuao from Vanuatu secured second in the Shot Put and third in the High Jump and the 200m race, while her teammate Lilly Lawantak finished third in the 100m Hurdles and Women’s Shot Put. With three events to go on the second day of the Heptathlon competition, it will be a question of whether the Monagi can be pulled back to the field or will it be simply a battle for placings between the other three athletes? By Livae Molisa  ...

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In Perfect Sync for Gold

The Men’s 100 metre Ambulant race was undeniably a highlight on Tuesday afternoon as Para-Athletics took centre stage at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu. In the heart of Korman complex, flags were waving in the crowd as para-athletes took their spot on the starting line, ready to take off at the sound of the starting gun. Sylvain Bova, a vision impaired runner from New Caledonia, was positioned in lane one and took his mark with his guide, Germain Haewegene, by his side as they prepared to sprint for gold in the Men’s 100m ambulant final. Twelve seconds...

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TRACK & FIELD EVENTS MEDAL PRESENTATIONS

With the kicking off of the track and field events this week, today Tuesday, from 1:00 pm till 4:30, saw the events such as the women’s Hammer Shot put and Men’s shot put and discus throw taking place at the Korman complex, followed by the Medals presentations to the winners of the events. Some of the results were as follows; Woman’s Hammer(Sen) Durand Leina from New Caledonia, with 43.67m won gold medal Travertzs Jackly, from PNG with 41.22M, got Silver Medal And finally securing the Bronze Medal also to PNG with 35.50m was Toako Sharon. Woman’s Shot Put Ambulant (Para) Final started at 2:00pm. Vandegou Rose, 7.24m, with 69.98 points, from New Caledonia won Gold Medal Walepa Rose, 9.78m that’s 64.98 points, to New Caledonia that’s another Silver Medal. And Bronze Medal to Nime Vero, from Papua New Guinea, with 6.46m, that’s 64.21 points. Men’s Discus (Sen.) Tuimaseve Donny from Samoa,50.17m walk away with Gold Medal. Silver Medal went to Paraka Depono from Papua New Guinea, 48.84m. And Bronze Medal to Valao Ryan Lorenzo Sele, from Wallis and Futuna with 47.33m. Men’s Long Jump (Sen.) Gold went to Papua New Guinea’s Hure Roland with a throw of 7.08m. Bulivorovoro Sireli from Fiji, with a throw of 7.00m won the Bronze Medal. And Paul Kevin from Vanuatu, 6.88m left with Bronze Medal. There are still more track and field events...

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Athletics draws the crowds on the first day of competition

The Athletics competition had a big first day to kick off the second week of the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila. In the Men’s 400m Hurdles, PNG had a good result winning both the gold and the silver with Boino Mowen finishing in a time of 52.44 secs followed by Lerkin Ephraim in53.00 seconds. Tongan Talatala Pooi secured the bronze with a time of 54.69 seconds. “It’s not common for a Tongan to achieve a medal in Athletics. I tried my best and I hope my people are happy with what I’ve achieved” said Pooi. In the Men’s 800m, Cook Islands contestant Alex Beddoes lead the way winning in 1:54.77 seconds followed by PNG contestant, Martin Orovo who clocked 1:55.77, while Petro Veitaqomaki from Fiji finished third in 1:57.12. “I felt really happy for winning team Cook Islands its first gold medal in the Pacific Mini Games this year, and also my first gold medal so far after hard work of trainings” said Beddoes. “I just want to thank everyone who is out there supporting me, I thank my families and mostly my coach for supporting me,” he said. Beddoes pointed out he has been training for the last four months in New Zealand where his coach lives and training is tough and that is why he believes he has won gold. PNG success continued on the track...

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The Long and the High of the action on the Athletics field

On the first day of Athletics at the Pacific Mini Games, the finals for the Women’s Long Jump and the Men’s High Jump was tough. It was a packed field with three athletes from PNG, three from Fiji, two from New Caledonia, two from the host country Vanuatu and lone representatives from Tuvalu and Guam. All of the athletes performed well, but in a surprising result, PNG scooped the medals with Rellie Kaput in winning gold with a jump of 6.40m, Annie Topal jumping 5.68m for silver and team mate Adrine Monagi receiving bronze for her jump at a height of 5.59m. Kaputin is 24years old and started doing athletics when she was in high school; firstly as a sprinter but then switched to long jump after graduating and received a scholarship to continue her studies in United Kingdom. From there she continued her training in long jump, triple jump and high jump. “It is not my first time to receive a gold medal,” she said. “I won a couple of gold back in my country. One of my biggest aims for participating in this Pacific Mini Games was to win gold for my country and I am very proud.” The winner of the Men’s High Jump was Malakai Kaiwalu from Fiji with 2.06m, closely followed by the silver medallist from PNG, Peniel Richard locking in a height of...

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