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Medal Tally for Athletics

South Tarawa (TUC) dominated the athletics competition winning 25 medals overall. 10 of these were won by Kimaia Murdoch whose amazing all around ability saw her compete in everything from 3000m to shot put.

Butaritari finished in second place in gold medals (due to Kaitinano), followed by Abaiang (Rabangaki), Onotoa (Tekooki), Makin and BTC.

South Tarawa (TUC) Take Overall Title

Saturday 2nd September 2006.

South Tarawa (TUC) have taken the title for Athletics at Te Runga 2006 which finished today at the Bairiki Athletics Track.

Fiji's Vudequeen Laisa Vulakoro presented the trophies and medals to the winners today and there were many happy smiles all around.

Day Two Complete

Men's 100m Final
Day Two of Athletics was completed today with some outstanding relay running and individual performances.

Kimaia Murdoch appeared everywhere today from the 3,000m to the 100m plus throws and jumps for an amazing all around performance. (But then she is the Pentathlon Champion of Micronesia !) To cap it all she unexpectedly broke the 17-year-old Womens' Shot National Record by 2cm. recording 10.16m. in winning that competition.

Kaitinano Mwemweata (the first Kiribati Olympian athlete) was also busy during the two days, gaining five gold, one silver and one bronze medals just in the individual events.

For the boys, Micronesian Octathlon Champion Rabangaki Nawai demonstrated his all-round talent with four gold and two silver placings.

At the end of the meeting we had a well-attended prize-giving. The special guest was Ms. Laisa Vulakoro, a Fiji celebrity in her own right, and wife of the ONOC Sports Development Officer, Brian Minikin.

The track at Bairiki is a challenge in itself but the athletes took it all in their stride and could teach the more elite world class runners a thing or two about attitude and approach to the sport of track and field.

Full results will be posted shortly...

Day One Underway

Winner of the First Gold Medal in Athletics
Day one of athletics competition commenced today, Friday 1 September 2006.

This is where the medals will be won and lost in the fight for the overall Champions of Te Runga 2006.

Keep up with our Programme and Results sections to see what is happening. Photos will be posted as they come to hand.

This was the Opening of the Runga !

View from the stand.
Hundreds of participants from the outer islands, far east and far west, proudly dressed up, marched more or less in time to the Police Band, and listened attentively to the President's formal Opening of the 2006 Inter-Island Championships.

(Photos: a general view from the Stadium building. And first Olympian Kaitinano taking the oath.)
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