Fiji spoil PNG party on tracks

The Fiji girls have come to the fore in the last sprint event of the XV Pacific Games in Port Moresby to take Gold in the 4x100m relay today.

Out classed by PNG in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay, the Fiji 4x100m runners of Seavula Sisilia, Tumalevu Makelesi, Sailosi Elenoa and Younis Bese caused an upset grabbing the gold medal from PNG.


Team PNG runners were, Miriam Peni, Toea Wisil, Adrine Monagi and Sharon Kwarula.


The home crowd disappointment was a decision by team officials to not have sprint queen Toea Wisil anchor the race.


Instead she ran the second leg after a bumpy handover of the baton from the first runner.


When Peni and Wisil made the first exchange, PNG looked confident to defend their gold medal.


Wisil sprinted in the second 100m putting PNG in a three metre lead.


When Monagi was given the baton in the 100m curve, the high flying Fijian runner Elenoa cut down the gap.


In the final 100m of the relay, Kwarula was chased and pipped at the finish line by Bese to clinch Gold.


Kwarula contested her 400m hurdle two hours earlier.


The final competition of the track and field event will be the men’s half marathon tomorrow morning.



Charles Yapumi