Toea Wisil

Toea training underway for 2019 South Pacific Games

Toea did not take part in the Commonwealth games in April this year, after she failed to attend the medal presentation last year at the Mini South Pacific Games.

The Jiwaka lass is determined to get back her title in the 200m. She has been training hard under American coach, Dior Lowry at the National Sports Institute.

Wisil returns to track with mixed results

Four months removed from her 2017 Mini Games performances and a move back to PNG later; Toea Wisil has returned to the track during this Japanese tour.

The Jiwakan twice placed third place, and topped the medal stand, running bests of 11.65 and 24.02 – bettering her Vaunatu performances.

Her competitors were ready and presented a big challenge for Wisil as many of them are preparing for their Japanese National Championships in June.

Wisil to return to PNG

Wisil just competed at the VAN2017 Pacific Games and despite facing some personal challenges that hindered her training schedule in Australia, she is determined to make the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Wisil began her athletics career in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, where she was first discovered as an athlete in 2003 at the PNG Games.

She says it is now time to return to complete her journey back home and give back to PNG.

Wisil siblings book finals spot

PNG also did a clean sweep in the long jump event, claiming gold, silver and bronze.

Track and field events at the VAN2017 Pacific Mini Games got underway today as PNG showed their class out on the field and tracks as well.

Toea Wisil’s brother, Kupun, competed in the 100 metre event where he managed to make the finals for a chance at a medal.

Boino gave some valuable lessons to the younger athletes in the 400 metre hurdles as he came in first in his heat, automatically qualifying for the finals tomorrow.

​Wisil completes build up for world champs

In the 100m final at the AAA Track and Field Championships in Bedford, Wisil was pipped on the line by Diani Walker of the Birchfield Harriers athletics club after leading from the gun, having to settle for second place in a time of 11.49 seconds.  

Coach Tony Fairweather said Wisil ran well but just dipped too soon at the finish.

In Sunday’s 200m, the Pacific Games champion placed third with a time of 23.96 seconds.

Meanwhile, Ephraim Lerkin and Rellie Kaputin arrived in London on Sunday with coach Dior Lowry after a 34-hour journey from Nadi. 

​Day two: Wisil wins gold

The highlight for PNG was in the last race of the night that Toea Wisil, as expected, blitzed the field in the women’s 100m to win by a margin of 0.6 of a second.

In the men’s race, Nazmie Lee Marai almost caused a major upset as he closed in fast on the hot favourite Jeremy Dodson of Samoa (formerly of the USA) with the finish line approaching.

His run however, was timed a fraction late as he missed out on a world championships qualifying win by 2/100th of a second.

Wisil breaks personal record

Wisil came agonisingly close to the World Championship Qualifying time of 23.10 as she led the field for 150m before being overhauled by Australia’s Rio Olympic semi finalist, Ella Nelson, who won the race in 23.00.

Top ranked Australian 400m runner Morgan Mitchell was third in 23.44 seconds.

“We said Toea was in great shape,” said a delighted Coach Tony Fairweather after the race. 

Focus now turns to the Australian National Championships in Sydney (March 31 to April 2).

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.

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.

Wisil launches into 2017 after four months training

There has been little rest after the Rio Olympics for Wisil as she sets out on her quest to reach new heights this year.

Wisil began on January 7 with a timing of 11.49s for the 100m in Brisbane.

She then travelled to Canberra last weekend hoping to race Australia’s Melissa Breen but that outing ended in disappointment when Breen withdrew from the event for personal reasons.

Some confusion then occurred with officials trying to put Wisil into a mixed race with male runners which was not what Wisil and her coach Tony Fairweather wanted.