Toea Wisil

Best female athlete of 2019 Pacific Games

The sixth edition of the annual awards ceremony took place at the Katara Cultural Village during the XXIV ANOC General Assembly in Doha, Qatar.  

Wisil, who won a historic triple-triple individual Gold at the 2019 Pacific Games, was amongst 10 of the best athletes from a range of continental multisport events awarded in Doha. The award was presented by IOC Executive Board Member, ANOC Senior Vice President and ANOC Acting President, Dr. Robin Mitchell.

PNG’s sprint queen Toea Wisil

It was not always smooth-sailing for the Jiwaka woman.

Two years ago, the sprint queen was outclassed in the 200m by Cook Islands Patricia Taea at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.

Then she had to sit out the Commonwealth Games last year. But she’s on the comeback trail and is determined to maintain her title at the Pacific Games. 

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Former head coach backs Wisil’s statement

Toea Wisil recently went viral with her Facebook post when she called out APNG and president Tony Green for intimidating athletes into submission as well as feeding them biscuits, especially during the Oceania Championships held in Cairns (June 24-28) in a post titled “Not Keeping it Quiet”.

“Athletes been eating Snax biscuits for breakfast and lunch before coming to Oceania and hungry while here. I am putting it out for the people to know what is going on in our sports.”

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).