Annie Topal

Wisil and Topal strike gold again for Papua New Guinea at Pacific Mini Games

After winning the women’s 100m title on Tuesday (June 21), the 34-year-old sprinter teamed up with Adrine Monagi, Isila Apkup and Leonie Beu to claim relay gold in a time of 45.85 secs.

They powered to victory, beating New Caledonia who were almost three seconds back in 48.50, while hosts Northern Mariana Islands clocked 53.98 for bronze.

It was another strong day for Papua New Guinea in athletics as they achieved five more gold medals to add to their impressive haul.

Topal to represent uni in champs

The East New Briton will be carrying the flag for her school, New Mexico Highlands University, from March 13-14.

Topal, who last year won both the NCAA division 2 Outdoor National Title and the Pacific Games gold in the triple jump is in fine form and won the recent  Rocky Mountain Conference Championship for the third year in a row with a jump of 12.92m.

PNG super jumper Annie ToPal aims for gold

The 23-year-old is based in the US where she trains, but is back in the Pacific to compete in three separate events at the Pacific Games.

She surprised everyone at the 2015 Games to win bronze in the triple jump, but she’s hoping the medal she walks away with in 2019 is gold.


Topal to study in the USA

Topal was a surprise bronze medallist at the 2015 Games, producing an 11.99m national junior record jump to finish third behind Rellie Kaputin who won gold and Milika Tuivanuavou of Fiji who had just completed her four year US University program.

NMHU is in the city of Las Vegas and their athletes compete in Division 2 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA) program.