2001 - 2005

2001: Australian National Championships - Brisbane, Australia

Mowen Boino (400m & 400m Hurdles) and Ann Mooney (400m) in the Senior Division and David Eri (Triple Jump) in the Junior Division. 

2001: Gold Coast Marathon – Gold Coast, Australia

Gumsie Taulobi

2001: Adelaide Half Marathon - Adelaide, Australia

David Karnie

2001: South-East Asian Circuit

Mowen Boino (400m and 3rd in the 400m Hurdles) and David Karnie (5000m & 10000m) competed in the Thailand Open Championships in Bangkok and then journeyed to the Philippines Open Championships in Manila where Mowen won the 110mH and 400mH and finished 2nd in the 400m. David Karnie competed in the 5000m & 10000m and Ann Mooney won the 200m and 400m events and also competed in the 100m. 

2001: Inaugural Melanesian Championships - Suva, Fiji

in conjunction with the Fiji National Championships. Our two gold medalists were Joseph Kembu (100m and also competed in the 200m) and Mae Koime (100m also competing in the 200m). The medal winning team members were - Henry Ben (100m & 200m), Simon Benari (Triple Jump & Javelin), Nessie Ogisi (100m & 200m) and Eddie Mathies (100m & 200m), Wally Kirika (100m & 200m) and Lynette Bureng (100m & 200m).  Team Officials Sophia Marai and Lazarus Bureng.

2001: The Inaugural Oceania Cup - Port Vila, Vanuatu 

Representing the Melanesian Team was Peter Pulu, who won the 100m and 200m events and also competed in the Long Jump and mixed-gender relay. Other team members were David Karnie (3000m), Ann Mooney (100m, 200m, Discus & mixed gender relay) and Angela Way (High and Long Jumps). 

2001: Oceania Grand Prix - Hamilton and Papakura (NZ) and on Norfolk Island.

Category winners were Peter Pulu (Sprints), Mowen Boino (400m/400mH) and Sandy Katusele (Jumps). Peter Pulu was the overall winner. Team members were – Peter Pulu (100m & 200m), Mowen Boino (400m & 400mH), Sapolai Yao (1500m & 3000m), David Karnie (1500m & 3000m), Sandy Katusele (High, Long & Triple Jumps), Mae Koime (100m & 200m), Miriam Goiye (800m) and Angela Way (High, Long & Triple Jumps).  Oceania Grand Prix Squad Manager was Stephen Mombi.

2001: Mini South Pacific Games - Norfolk Island

Our most successful athlete was Peter Pulu who won three gold medals. Overall we won 4 gold, including the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay (Kuamin, Pulu, Ben, Kirika), 12 silver and 8 bronze medals. The team members were – Peter Pulu (gold medals in the 100m and 200m and also competed in the 4 x 400m Relay), Joseph Kembu (100m & 200m), Henry Ben (100m & 200m), Levi Kuamin (400m & 4 x 400m Relay), Mowen Boino (gold medal in the 400m Hurdles and also competed in the 400m, 110mH and 4 x 400m Relay), Hubert Mission (800m & 4 x 400m Relay), Sebastine Sena (800m & 1500m), Sapolai Yao (1500m, 5000m), Medley Laban (1500m & 3000mSt), David Karnie (5000m, 10000m & Half Marathon), Morris Manai (5000m, 3000mSt & Half Marathon), David Rueben (3000mSt), Sandy Katusele (High, Long & Triple Jumps), Mae Koime (100m, 200m and both Relays), Della Marava (100m, 200m & 4 x 100m Relay), Nessie Ogisi (100m & 4 x 100m Relay), Lynette Bureng (200m & 4 x 100m Relay), Maria Kaupa (400m & 4 x 400m Relay), Lorraine Bailey (400m & 4 x 400m Relay), Miriam Goiye (800m,1500m & 4 x 400m Relay) and Angela Way (High, Long & Triple Jumps). 

Team Officials were Norm Osborne, Naomi Polum, Sophia Marai, Bernard Manau, Rex Novulu and Stephen Mombi.

2001: World Youth Championships - Debrecen, Hungary

PNG athlete was Lynette Bureng (100m).

2001: World Indoor Championships - Lisbon, Portugal

Peter Pulu was the PNG representative, once again in the 60m. 

2001: World Championships - Edmonton, Canada

Mowen Boino (400mH) & Ann Mooney (200m) represented PNG.  Congress Delegate Tony Green acted as Team Manager.


Peter Pulu (100m & 200m) and Geoffrey Bai (200m & 400m) participated in the Philippines Open Championships in Manila, with Peter winning the 200m event and Geoffrey winning the 400m. Both athletes then traveled to Bangkok for the Thailand Open Championships, where Peter ran in the final of the 200m and Geoffrey made the final of the 400m.

2002: Gold Coast Half Marathon - Gold Coast, Australia

Simon Pinampio

2002: World Junior Championships - Kingston, Jamaica

Mae Koime ran for PNG (qualifying for the semi-final in the 100m). 

2002: IAAF World Cup - Madrid, Spain

Mowen Boino became the first Island athlete to compete when he ran in the 400mH representing Oceania.

2002: Commonwealth Games - Manchester, United Kingdom

Peter Pulu proceeded to the second round of both the 100m & 200m and Mowen Boino proceeded to the second round of the 400m. Geoffrey Bai competed in the 200m and 400m and Mowen in his speciality - the 400mH, with his time of 51.05 being a National Record.  Team Officials were Naomi Polum and Samu Sasama.

2002: Oceania Championships (both Open and U18 Divisions) - Christchurch, New Zealand.

Representing PNG in the Open Division were Darius Nason (100m & 200m), Peter Pulu (gold medal in the 100m and 200m), Henry Ben (100m & 200m), Geoffrey Bai (gold medal in the 400m and competed in the 200m), Mowen Boino (gold in the 400m Hurdles and also competed in the 400m & 110mH), Russell Hasu (800m & 1500m), Sapolai Yao (1500m & 5000m), Sandy Katusele (High, Long & Triple Jumps), Mae Koime (gold in the 400m Hurdles and also competed in the 100m, 200m & 800m Sprint Medley Relay), Nessie Ogisi (100m, 200m & 800m Sprint Relay), Miriam Goiye (800m, 1500m & 800m Sprint Medley Relay) and Susie Bray (High Jump & the 800m Sprint Medley Relay). The Men’s Team won the 800m Sprint Medley Relay (Ben, Pulu, G. Bai, Boino). The members of the U18 PNG Team were - Wilson Malana (100m, 200m & 400m), Anton Lui (100m & 200m) and Susie Bray (gold medal in the HJ).

Team Officials were Bernard Manau John Baining Lazarus Bureng.

2003: World Indoor Championships - Birmingham, U.K.

Peter Pulu representing once more in the 60m.

2003: World Youth Championships - Sherbrooke, Canada

Levi Albert represented PNG competing in the 400m.  Sophia Marai was appointed by Oceania Athletics Association as Managaress of the Island athletes.

2003: World Championships - Paris, France

Geoffrey Bai (400m) and Mae Koime (200m) were PNG’s representatives.  Congress Delegate Tony Green acted as Team Manager.  

2003: Oceania Grand Prix competition - Auckland, New Zealand

The Men’s Sprints category was won by Geoffrey Bai (100m, 200m & 400m), with Russell Hasu taking first place in the Middle Distance events (1500m). Geoffrey Bai was declared the overall winner in the Men’s Division with his 48.29 for the 400m being declared the best performance. Other team members were Wally Kirika (100m & 200m), Sapolai Yao (1500m), Mowen Boino (400m & Long Jump), Sandy Katusele (Long Jump) and Nessie Ogisi (100m & 200m).

2003: Melanesian Championships held in conjunction with the PNG National Championships - Lae, PNG.

Local winners in events with other Melanesian Teams participating were Russell Hasu (800m), Sapolai Yao (1500m), David Karnie (10000m), Medley Laban (3000m Steeplechase), Sandy Katusele (High Jump & Triple Jump), Men’s 4 x100m Relay, Men’s 4 x 400m Relay & Mae Koime (400m Hurdles).

2003: Oceania Cup - Apia, Samoa

The PNG winners (as part of the Melanesian Team) were Mae Koime (100m who also competed in the 200m, 400m and both Relays), Sandy Katusele (Long Jump – equaling the NR with a leap of 7.21m and also competed in the High Jump, Triple Jump and Javelin), Henry Ben (also competing in the100m, 200m & 400m) joined with the Solomon Islands to win the Mixed Gender 4 x 100m Relay and the Mixed Gender 800m Medley Relay & Nessie Ogisi participated in both winning Relays and also competed in the 100m. Other team members were David Karnie (800m, 1500m & 3000m), Sapolai Yao (1500m & 3000m), Miriam Goiye (800m, 1500m & Shot Put), Merolyn Auga (3000m) and Angela Way (High, Long & Triple Jumps, Discus & Javelin).

Melanesian Team Manager - Tony Green.

2003: 12th South Pacific Games - Suva, Fiji

PNG won 5 gold, including the two Men’s relays – 4 x 100m (Ben, G. Bai, Kirika, Pulu) and 4 x 400m (Abai, Boino, Pulu, G. Bai), 4 silver and 6 bronze medals. Team members were - Wally Kirika (100m), Henry Ben (100m), Peter Pulu (100m & 200m), Geoffrey Bai (400m gold medal and competed in the 200m), Clement Abai (400m & 800m), Mowen Boino (400m Hurdles gold and competed in the 400m & 110mH), Sapolai Yao (5000m & 10000m), David Karnie (10000m & Half Marathon), Nathan Kabilu (400mH), Sandy Katusele (gold medal in the High Jump and competed in the Long and Triple Jumps), Nessie Ogisi (100m, 200m & 4 x 100m Relay), Mae Koime (100m, 200m, 400mH and both Relays), Monica Jonathon (100m & 4 x 100m Relay), Helen Philemon (200m, 400m and both Relays), Lorraine Bailey (400m & 4 x 400m Relay), Angela Way (400m, Long Jump & 4 x 400m Relay) & Miriam Goiye (800m & 1500m). 

Team Officials Naomi Polum, Samu Sasama, Philip Rehder and Stephen Mombi. 

2004: World Indoor Championships - Budapest, Hungary

Geoffrey Bai was the PNG representative competing in the 400m. 

2004: Olympic Games - Athens, Greece

Our representatives were Mae Koime (100m) and Mowen Boino (400m Hurdles).  Team Manager was Tony Green. Prior to the games the athletes attended competitions in Slovenia, Hungary and the UK. Both athletes broke the national record in their events at the Olympic Games.

2004: World Junior Championships - Grosseto, Italy 

PNG’s representative was Anton Lui who competed in the 100m.  Following the Championships, Anton joined Mae and Mowen for the pre-Olympic Tour. 

2004: Oceania Athletics Championships - Townsville, Australia

Members of the Senior Team were Mae Koime (gold medals in the 100m & 200m and competed in the Distance Medley Relay), Fabian Niulai (100m, 200m & Distance Medley Relay), Sandy Katusele (gold in the Triple Jump and also competed in the Long & High Jumps and the Distance Medley Relay), Chris Bais (800m, 1500m & Distance Medley Relay), Betty Burua (Long Jump, Triple Jump), Sapolai Yao (5000m & Half Marathon), Maria Kaupa (200m, 400m & Distance Medley Relay), Wilson Malana (200m, 400m & Distance Medley Relay) and Salome Dell (800m &1500m). The Youth / U18 Team members were Sammy Sasama (200m, 400m & Medley Distance Relay – Open & U18), Daniel Bailey (Long Jump, Triple Jump & Distance Medley Relay), Toea Wisil (200m, 400m & Medley Distance Relay – Open & U18), Sharon Henry Kwarula (200m, 400m & Medley Distance Relay), Andrew Doonar (100m, 200m & Distance Medley Relay – Open & U18), Andrew Yeweh (800m, 1500m & Distance Medley Relay), Liberty Dubo (100m & Distance Medley Relay), Jacinta Langa (100m, 200m & Medley Distance Relay - Open & U18) & Cecilia Kumalalamene (800m).

Team Officials were Sean Synnott and Delin Bais.

2005: Melanesian Championships & PNG National Championships - Lae, PNG

PNG athletes who won open events that were contested by other Melanesian Team were - Mae Koime (100m, 200m, 400m), Salome Dell (800m), Sapolai Yao (5000m, 10000m, 3000m Steeplechase), Ivan Wakit (110m Hurdles), Hapo Maliaki (High Jump) and the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay (Kirika, Lui, Buidal, Jorim). 

2005: World Championships - Helsinki, Finland 

PNG representatives were Wally Kirikia (100m) and Mae Koime (200m).  Congress Delegate Philip Rehder acted as Team Manager.

2005: World Youth Championship - Marrakesh, Morocco

PNG representatives were Toea Wisil (200m & 400m) and Andrew Yeweh (800m). Team Manager was Tony Green. 

2005: Mini South Pacific Games - Koror, Palau

This was a very successful Games for PNG winning 10 gold - including the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay (Wisil, Kirika, Buidal, Lui) and the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay (Wisil, Kaupa, Dell, Koime), 3 silver and 5 bronze medals. The team members were – Mae Koime (gold medals in the 100m, 200m & 400m and competed in the 4 x 100m Relay), Toea Wisil (100m, 200m, 400m & the 4 x 100m Relay), Winai Waro (100m & the 4 x 100m Relay), Maria Kaupa (400m), Salome Dell (gold medal in the 800m & competed in the 1500m), Cecilia Kumalalamene (800m), Merolyn Auga (gold in the 400m Hurdles), Nessie Ogisi (4 x 100m Relay), Wally Kirika (100m & 200m), Anton Lui (100m), Edward Buidal (100m & 200m), Kupun Wisil (4 x 400m Relay), Fabian Niulai (200m, 400m & the 4 x 400m Relay), Josiah Sasanui (400m & the 4 x 400m Relay), Chris Bais (800m, 1500m & the 4 x 400m Relay) , Joe Sipo (800m & 1500m), Sapolai Yao (gold medals in the 5000m and 10000m), Nathan Kabilu (110mH) and Sandy Katusele (gold medal in the Triple Jump and also competed in the Long Jump).

Team Officials were Sean Synnott, Bernard Manau and Peter Badirega.


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