Athletics team brace to qualify for Rio

The Papua New Guinean Athletics team is revving up preparations for the Rio games qualifiers, as it braces for a higher level of competition.

In Athletics seven athletes are undergoing intensive training overseas to reach the qualifying standards.

For the women Toea Wisil for the 100m sprint, Donna Koniel 400m Hurdles, Betty Burua 400m Hurdles are based in Gold Coast, while Sharon Kwarula who will run the 100m Hurdles is currently based at West Texas College in the United States undergoing training as well.

For the men, Mowen Boino, the three time PNG Olympian is working to qualify for the 400m Hurdles in Vanuatu and Fiji as Nelson Stone who will run 400m is in training in Brisbane, Australia and Theo Piniau is also with Sharon in West Texas.

Similar to swimming the athletics team also has a qualifying standard of time for each event.

However, if they don’t reach the required standard than the top male athlete and the female athlete who can qualify in the Olympics will qualify to take part in the universality places for Rio.

Athletics entry standards for Rio 2016 Olympic games are;

WOMEN                     EVENT                                                                    MEN

11.32 sec                      100m                                                                 10.16 sec

23.20 sec                     200m                                                                  20.50 sec

52.20 sec                      400m                                                                45.40 sec

2:01.50 min                800m                                                                  1:46.00 min

4:07.00 min                1500m                                                                 3:36.20 min

15:24.00 min            5000m                                                                  13:25.00 min

32:15.00 min            10,000m                                                              28:00.00 min

13.00 sec                  100m Hurdles/110m Hurdles                                13.47 sec

56.20 sec                  400m Hurdles                                                      49.40 sec



Lamech Jinimbo