PNG dominates in 400m
Wednesday 15 July
PNG achieved a clean sweep in both the mens and womens 400m finals this evening on day three of athletics at the Pacific Games. Toea Wisil held off a fast finishing Donna Koniel to win the womens final in 54.17 seconds to Koniel’s 54.27 and Betty Burua third. In the mens race Nelson Stone gave his home town fans what they wanted with a powerful performance to win gold in 47.56 seconds from Theo Piniau and Kaminiel Matlaun. George Yamak and Martin Orovo had to settle for silver and bronze respectively in the 1500m as the experienced defending champion AdrienKela made up for the disappointment of finishing second in the 800m the previous evening. KaroIga won a close contest for silver in the mens pole vault with a very credible performance of 3.85m to hold off Jean Bernard Harper. The New Caledonian gambled after clearing 3.80m by passing at 3.85 and 3.90 and going straight to 4.0m. He was unable to clear that height and had to settle for bronze.Adrine Monagi leads the womens heptathlon after day one by 104 points from Lucy Turpin of New Caledonia after strong performances in all four events, including a sensational personal best 1.71m in the high jump. This height would have been good enough for silver in the individual womens high jump at the Games.