Three new national records set on long weekend

Three new national records were set over the long weekend in athletics.

At the national championships in Lae, Toea Wisil ran a time of 11.36 seconds in the 100 metres race, taking 1/100th of a second off the time set by Mae Koime in Brisbane in March 2007.

In Jacksonville, Florida in the USA, Theo Piniau smashed Nelson Stone’s 200m record and became the first PNG athlete to run under 21 seconds as he won his race in a time of 20.97 seconds.

The performance catapulted Piniau ahead of Mowen Boino in the race for a spot on the team to Rio.

This means that Boino now has to run close to 51 seconds in the 400m hurdles in his last race to better Piniau’s performance.

Jacklyn Travertz set the third PNG national record of the long weekend in Lae when she threw the hammer 38.27 metres to improve on her own record by 1.04 metres.

Troy Taule