SPG2007 Athletics News

Final Medals of Games Go to Samoa

The men's shot put was a tight competition for medals with only 13 centimetres separating the gold and bronze medal positions.more

Prasad Jumps for Gold in Men's High Jump

The men's high jump was a tightly fought affair, full of drama and frustration for the top three athletes.more

Games Stars Provide Relay Magic

The crowd was charged at the beginning of the exciting 4x100 metre relays. It is an event that not only sees country versus country but also allows us to watch the fastest athletes at the Games one more time.more

Erin Hop, Step and Jumps His Way to 2nd Gold

Fijian, Eugene Vollmer, produced an excellent second jump of 14.99 to be the man to catch in the triple jump competition on the evening of Day 5 of competition at Apia Park.more

Flying Fijians Claim Gold and Silver

Fijian Maekesi Tumalevu provided a magnificent opening leap of 5.99 to be the `one to catch' in the Women's Long Jump on Day 5 of Athletics.more

Gold for 14 Year Old Gahekave

Papua New Guinean, Poro Gahekave has been a quiet achiever at these Games. She won the bronze in the 5,000 metre on Day 1; silver in the 10,000 metre on day 3 and today she blitzed the field to win Gold in the 3,000 metre steeplechase.more

Tahitian Soars and Claims new SPG Record

The Tahitian and New Caledonian athletes were out in force to support their team mates early on Day 5 of the Athletics Meet at Apia Park. In the pole vault here were two women competing from each of the Island Nations.more

Seawall Stroll for Fijians

At 7am on Day 5 of Athletics at the South Pacific Games, 3 Fijians gathered on the seawall, opposite Kitano Tusitala, to commence the men's 20km walk.more

Bronze for Lafaialii in Triple Jump

Local girl, Monique Lafaialii, leaped her way into the bronze medal position with an excellent first jump at Apia Park on Day 4 of the Athletics competition.more

Flying Fijians Break More Records

The men's and women's 200 metre sprints were dominated by two incredible athletes at Apia Park on Day 4 of competition.more

Tahiti Triumphs in Heptathlon

7 diverse events test the versatility of the female athletes.more

Golden Hero Aunese Takes 3rd Gold

Aunese Curreen has taken his third gold medal in a nail-biting finish to the Men's 5,000 metre event at Apia Park. He upset race favourite Georges Richmond of Tahiti to the delight of a packed crowd and took home his third gold medal of the competition.more

Tanielu Qualifies for Hurdles Final

Samoa had two competitors in the Heats of the 110 metres Hurdles and Avele Tanielu qualified for Fridays final. Toriki Urarii from Tahiti qualified fastest with a time of 14.82 seconds.more

Reuillard Out Jumps the Tahitians to Take Gold

Windy conditions challenged competitors in the final of the Men's Pole Vault. The Pole Vault is arguably the most technical of the jumping events and attracted a small field of only four competitors. Eric Reuillard of New Caledonia cleared 4.40 metres to out jump his three Tahitian competitors and take the gold medal.more
Gold for Frederic

Gold for Flying Frederic

New Caledonian, Frederic Erin, produced some inspiring form to leap ahead of his rivals in the men's long jump on Wednesday night.more

Age Triumphs Over Youth in Women's 10,000m

42 year old Tahitian woman, Sophie Gardon assumed command of this exhausting event which saw competitors run 25 laps of Apia Park.more

Panuve Wins First Gold Medal for Wallis and Futuna

Nineteen year old Sosefo Panuve won Wallis and Futuna their first gold medal of the games in the Javelin.more

Curreen Earns Second Gold

Local hero, Aunese Curreen, had to fight off Fijian, Isireli Naikelekelevesi, who started strongly in the 1500 metres. Curreen passed the Fijian towards the end of the first lap and set a blistering pace.more

Day One of the Heptathlon

100 metre hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 metre sprintmore

Fiji Double Gold in 400 Metres Finals

Fiji takes the Gold and Silver Medals in both the Women's and Men's 400 Metres Final at Apia Park on Wednesday night.more

Sports All-Rounder wins Bronze for Samoa

Considering he spends most of his time playing rugby, it is a great result that Faleono Seve won the Bronze Medal for Samoa in the Hammer Throw. Seve plays rugby for Redruth in England and has also represented New Zealand in rugby in the Under 21's. In addition to the Hammer Throw he also competes in other throw events, the Discus and Shot Put.more

Betham Strides into Hurdles Final

Another grey start to the morning as the third day of the Track and Field competition gets underway at Apia Park. There was joy for Samoa early in the day as the heats for the 400 metre Hurdles took place. Kuripitone Betham qualified for the final in a fine display of both speed and endurance.more

Springy Tahitian Reigns Supreme

The final event to be decided at Apia Park on Day 2 of the Athletics Meet was the Women's High Jump. The Tahitians had 3 athletes vying for medals with their only competition coming from New Caledonian, Candice Soulisse.more

Early 40th Birthday Present for 100metre Winner

Jone Delai from Fiji made it a golden double for the Fijians in the 100 metre sprints by winning the men's final in convincing form the day before his 40th birthday.more

SPG Record Broken for Second Time Today

The women produced some blistering form in a tightly fought competition at Apia Park. The heats saw Mae Koime from Papua New Guinea run a superb race to break the South Pacific Games record by twenty-three hundredths of a second with a time of 11.69. The previous record holder was Fijian woman, Litiana Miller who ran 11.92 in 1999.more

First Gold at the Track for Samoa

Local lad, Eunese Curreen (formally known as Setefano Mika) ran the race of his life in front of a vocal home crowd.
Curreen led from the start and had to work hard to fight off the determined Fijian, Isireli Naikelekelevesi, who was at his heels the entire race. However, Curreen didn't ever look like he was willing to relinquish that gold medal; he ran like a seasoned professional and asserted his control over the race.more

Clean Sweep for PNG in Women's 800 metres

The first lap of the 800 was run in a tight pack with Solomon Islander, Nelly Hagatora, leading as the athletes accelerated down the straight to commence the second and final lap. The Papua New Guineans pounced on the Solomon Islander and overtook her easily with Salome Dell surging ahead of her two country-women.more
Decathlon competitors

Outurau Blitzes Field to Take Gold in Octathlon

The second day of athletics began with the 110 metre hurdle event for the Octathlon. Harold Nair from Fiji won this event however as the five competitors made their way through the remaining events it was Georgy Outurau from New Caledonia who won the Gold convincingly.more
Georges Richmond

10,000 metres Tests the Endurance of Athletes

The Men's 10,000 metre event tested the endurance of athletes as they completed a gruelling 25 laps of Apia Park. The support of the crowd encouraged the athletes including Samoa's own Faatafe Tuigamala who gave an inspiring performance.more

Fastest Athletes Don't Make the 100 Metre Final

The semi finals were structured so that the top four athletes from each heat progressed to the final. The first heat produced some extremely fast times with Fijian Jone Delai qualifying first in 10.61 seconds. Paul Zongo and Jack Iroga also ran well in second and third.more

Record Broken in Heats of Women's 100 metre

The skies cleared as the female sprinters gathered for the heats of the 100 metres. The first heat was won by Toea Wisil with a time of 12.11 seconds with Samoan, Taliilagi Mefi finishing in 6th position.more
Bina Ramesh (Silver) and Vaikula Elise Takosi (Gold)

Day 2 - New Caledonia Gold in Hammer Throw

Vaikula Elise Takosi with a best throw of 47.41 metres took the Gold in the Women's Hammer Throw Event. Silver went to Bina Ramesh from New Caledonia and Bronze went to Siniva Marsters of the Cook Islandsmore
Makelesi Bulikiobo of Fiji

Day 2 - Women's and Men's 400m Heats

Fiji dominated the heats in both the Men's and Women's 400m Sprints. Makelesi Bulikiobo qualified in top position for the Women in a time of 55.11 seconds and Iliesa Namosimalua qualified in top position for the Men in a time of 47.66 seconds.more

Day 1 - Diminutive Stars Shine in Track Finals

The first day of the Athletics meet produced one of the most magical moments of the Games, to date.more

Day 1 - Cook Islands Take First Gold in Athletics

Tereapii Tapoki of Cook Islands took the first gold of the athletics competition with the Women's Discus Finalmore

Day 1 - Men's 100m Heats

Athletics fans were mesmerised by some lightening performances as the afternoon session kicked off on Day 1 of the meet.more

Day 1 - Decathlon Stripped Back To Octathlon

Today in a turn of events the Decathlon was stripped back to an Octathlon. A Decathlon consists of ten events held over two days covering both Track and Field. Today, however the Pole Vault and the Discus were removed from the events, effectively turning it into an Octathlon. The reason why? It seems the mats have not arrived in time for the Pole Vault.more
Aunese Curreen

Day 1 - Men's 800m Heats

800m - Samoan Champion, Aunese Curreen, Wins Heat Convincinglymore
Decathlon begins with 100 metre sprint

Athletics Begins

A rainy morning didn't dampen the atmosphere on the first day of the athletics at Apia Park. The events got underway with the 100m sprint final for the Men's Decathlon.more

Oceania Champs a Great Test for the Facility

The 2006 Oceania Athletics Championships held in December 2006 were a great opportunity to test the newly rennovated Apia Park and give a chance for the best from the Pacific to see what they are aiming for in 2007.more

Willie Fong Goes Hi Tech

At the first Sporting Pulse workshop, Willie Fong was present to get training in the use of his Athletics Website for SPG 2007.

In addition to the use of Meet Manager, Willie's Athletics crew will become experts in Website management being able to...more
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