PNG Games Athletics Programme

Athletics PNG has published the list of events to be included in the PNG Games Athletics Programme.  A full range of track and field events for men and women will be conducted , including  sprint and intermediate hurdle races ; 3000m steeplechase ; hammer throw , heptathlon for women and an octathlon for men. There will also be a half marathon for men and women on the final day of the Games.  A mens and womens Pole Vault will also be conducted as demonstration events, subject to the arrival of the necessary equipment in time for the Games.  Demonstration means there will be no medals on offer, but anyone who wishes to try the event can have a go. The absence of a water jump means that the Steeplechase will be a modified version of the full event, with athletes  still being required to clear a total of 35 hurdles in the race.

An Octathlon is a modified version of the decathlon , commonly used in cases where no pole vault equipment is available. In the Octathlon , athletes compete in eight events instead of ten (100m , 400m , 1000m    110m hurdles, Shot Put   Javelin   Long Jump and High Jump). Points are awarded based on performance in each event and the athlete with the highest points total from the  eight events is the winner.   In the womens heptathlon, competitors have to do  seven events ( 200m , 800m long jump , high jump  , shot put , javelin and 100m hurdles).

The full list of events, draft competition timetable, and competition rules are  available on the Athletics PNG website  at www.athleticspng.sportingpulse.net/




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