Athletics

Athletics draws crowd on first day of competition

In the Men’s 400m Hurdles, PNG had a good result winning both the gold and the silver with Boino Mowen finishing in a time of 52.44 secs followed by Lerkin Ephraim in53.00 seconds.

Tongan Talatala Pooi secured the bronze with a time of 54.69 seconds.

“It’s not common for a Tongan to achieve a medal in Athletics. I tried my best and I hope my people are happy with what I’ve achieved” said Pooi.

Wisil in quest for world 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.

Rellie Kaputin stars again on the US track events

Kaputin led her West Texas A&M University team to their fourth consecutive Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships as she won all three jumping events, setting two PNG National records in the process.

First up was the long jump where her last effort of 6.27m  was not only a record for the Conference but the eleventh best mark in the entire history of NCAA Division Two indoor competition.

Next was the high jump where Kaputin won the event on countback in a seasons best 1.71m.

Wisil sets new national record in 200m heats

On her way to completing the sprint double at the ACT Championships, Wisil set a new national record of 23.23 secs in the 200m heats and equaled her personal best of 11.29 seconds in the 100m, edging out Breen who ran 11.33. 

Breen is said to be a little behind where she normally is at this stage of the season, following some hamstring concerns but was very happy with her races at the weekend.

Nelson Stone stays focused for Samoa Games

Nest as he is called, will return from a spell because of injuries to his knee and a recent hamstring to his right leg.

 In an exclusive with Loop PNG, Stone said he is currently under High Performance Sports Rehabilitation program under great care of Simon Morris and he is getting better and is preparing ahead for the upcoming events.

“I would like to go all the way to 2019 in for the Tong Pacific Games and win the 400m for the third time and go down as first person to win the 400m sprint three times.

Rio 2016: Quotes of the Games

Following two weeks of thrilling sports action, we take a look at some of the more memorable quotes from Rio 2016.

 

Words to inspire

Rio 2016: The moments that made the Games

While Rio 2016 endured more than its fair share of problems, the Games produced some iconic moments of sporting greatness that will live long in the memory.

From Neymar's penalty that lifted a nation, to Usain Bolt's 'treble treble' and Michael Phelps' 23rd gold, here we bring you 10 standout highlights.

 

Rio 2016: Bolt storms to 200m gold

The majestic Usain Bolt once again broke new ground at Rio 2016 by storming to a third successive Olympic 200 metre title and the eighth gold medal of his illustrious career.

Bolt made history last weekend when he became the first man to win the 100m on three occasions, a time of 9.81 seconds enough to get the better of nearest rivals Justin Gatlin and Andre De Grasse.

Rio 2016: Gatlin is slowing down - Bolt

Usain Bolt was unsurprised to see Justin Gatlin fail to make the final of the 200 metres at Rio 2016, claiming the American is "slowing down".

Reigning champion and world record holder Bolt booked his place in the final by winning his heat in a season's best 19.78 seconds, though Andre De Grasse ran him close to the line.

Thompson holds off Schippers to claim sprint double

Elaine Thompson claimed a remarkable sprint double at Rio 2016 as she held off world champion Dafne Schippers to take gold in the 200 metres.

Schippers came into the race as the overwhelming favourite having beaten Thompson to World Championship gold last year and in the semi-finals on Tuesday.