Toea Wisil

Burua fastest, Wisil in hunt

The women’s 400m medal race will be run at the BSP Stadium at 8 tomorrow night.

The women were divided into two groups to qualify for the finals, with Papua New Guinea coming first in both heats.

Home crowd favorite Toea Wisil won the second heat, clocking 56.64 seconds which was the second fastest time from the heats.

Wisil is the defending Pacific Games champion but clocked a little slower than Burua and will have to put in the extra effort to defend her gold medal.

Wisil won the gold medal in the 2011 Pacific Games with a time of 54.94 seconds.

PNG track queen arrives for Games

Also arriving is Nelson Stone, the 400m men’s champion of the South Pacific.

Both were among 30 overseas based PNG athletes who arrived after midday today in Port Moresby.

They were met on arrival at the Port Moresby International Airport by PNG Chef de Mission, Richard Kassman.

Wisil who lives and trains in the United States said she is happy to be running on home soil to defend her title.

But she is not taking her rivals from New Caledonia, Tahiti and Fiji for granted.

“I am in great form and looking forward to the tracks,” she told LOOP PNG.

Wisil excited to return to PNG for Games

Wisil has been undergoing a rigorous training schedule, focusing on her base conditioning work in Gold Coast, Australia for several months now. She will return to PNG next month.

Toea has her eyes set on multiple gold medals at the Pacific Games as well as new national records in the 100metre and 200metre events.  She will also contest the 4x100metre and the 4x400metre relays.

Wisil said her training is going well but getting tougher as she is doing more endurance workouts now.