Wallis & Futuna Mini Games 2013 - Day 2 Highlight

The PNG girls made a clean medal sweep in both the 400m and 800m on day two of the athletics competition in Wallis today.Jenny Albert won the womens 800m in 2min 19.84  from  Tuna Tine (2:21.03) and Poro Gahekave (2:21.12). PNG made a clean sweep in this event at both the 2007 and 2011 Pacific Games with Salome Dell winning gold on both occasions. Betty Burua won the womens 400m event today in 56.96 seconds from Toea Wisil (57.58) , with Shirley Vunatup (58.50) third.

Skene Kiage had earlier given the team its first gold medal of the Games by winning the steeplechase in 9min 56.06 Seconds from team mate Sapolai Yao (9:57.35). Toea Wisil as expected was a comfortable winner of the womens 100m, breasting the tape in 11.66 seconds    Her older brother Kupun  followed up his outstanding first round run in the 100m with two more excellent runs, clocking 10.59 in the semi final and 10.60 in the final to win silver behind Banuve Tabacaucoro of Fiji.

Until Peter Pulu came on the scene 10.60 secs was the PNG National Record, held by Takale Tuna.  Wisil now ranks second on the PNG All time best performance list with his 10.59 being equal to Nelson Stone’s personal best.


Tony Green

Wednesday 4 Sept 2013


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