Wisil in quest for world qualifying times

Toea Wisil has a big weekend ahead of her in Canberra, competing against three top Australians as she continues her quest to run the world championship 100m and 200m qualifying times.

Wisil, the Pacific’s golden girl of the track, will have to eclipse times of 11.26 seconds and 23.10 sec respectively in the 100m and 200m qualifying times.

PNG’s sprint star will face her strongest competition of the season yet with Australian Rio Olympians Melissa Breen, Ella Nelson and Morgan Mitchell, out to test their speed and challenge for honours in the Summer of Athletics Grand Prix Meet.

Local favourite Breen, who is getting back to form after a slow start to the season, will run in both the 100m and 200m. She will be aiming to turn the tables on Wisil, who got the better of her over both distances in their last meeting at the ACT Championships. 

Olympic 200m semi-finalist Nelson, who ran 22.50 seconds in Rio, will contest both the 100m and 200m. Nelson has just returned from a training stint in Phoenix Arizona so this will be her first outdoor competition of the season.

Australia’s top ranked 400m runner Morgan Mitchell, who clocked 51.25 seconds last year, and also made the semi-final in Rio, has also nominated for the 200m.

The track at the Australian Institute of Sport has a reputation for producing fast times and although Wisil hit the 100m mark of 11.26 on February 11, the following wind (2.6mps) on that occasion was over the legal limit for record purposes.

Press release