PNG doing well at Special Olympics World Games

PNG is doing exceptionally well at the Special Olympics World Games which is underway in Los Angeles, United States.

The Games feature 25 Olympic-style sports and show the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities with more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries competing.

This is the first time PNG is competing at the Games. The event is running from 25 July to 2 August with seven athletes taking part in track and field events.

They’re Rosa Nege, Grace Dindillo, Winnifred Kehono, Adrian Lomon, Mirisa Mana, Thompson Ninkama and Judy Moi.

Ninkama did great to win the 1500m event. In the heats, he set a new personal best time of 4:44:68 sec.

He also ran a new personal best in the 3, 000m, clocking 10.38.36 sec and beating his previous best of 12.15.01 sec and qualifies for finals on Wednesday.

Rosa Nege won her shotput event after qualifying with a throw of 4.90m in the women's 3 kg shot put.

Grace Dindillo also did well, finishing second in her shotput event after qualifying with a throw of 4.30m.

Marisa Mana is through to the finals after he hurled the shot 6.60m in the preliminary round of the men's 4kg shot put.

This is his new personal best, beating his previous top effort of 5.89m. 

Photo: Thompson Ninkama competing in 1500m | Picture courtesy of Special Olympics PNG Facebook page

Author: 
Quintina Naime