Athletics

PNG Jumpers In Good Form

Whilst the Cloud County based athletes in Kansas had a relatively quiet weekend ahead of their regional championships this coming weekend, jumpers Roland Hure and Annie Topal both posted excellent performances.

Competing at an Open Meet in Indianola, Iowa, Hure jumped a personal best of 7.25m in the long jump; which is just one centimetre outside the national record set by Peniel Richard last year.

He also ran an impressive 10.77secs in the 100m, signaling to the PNG team coaches that he wants to be considered for the 4*100m relay at the Games.

PNG Athletes Excel

Competing on their home track in the city of Concordia the athletes continued their excellent recent form with Leroy Kamau again leading the way and with Isila Apkup and Shadrick Tansi also posting great performances.

Kamau followed up a wind assisted 10.36 sec clocking in the 100m (+4.7) with a sensational 20.85seconds in the 200m. The following wind (measured at 3.3metres per second) meant that this cannot be recognised as a national record but it is once again as sign that Kamau is heading for something special in the near future.

Update On US-Based Athletes

His top performance has moved him from thirteenth place to eighth on the PNG All Time Best performance list for the 400m. Only Nelson Stone, Subul Babo, Baobo Neuendorf, Geoffrey Bai, Clement Abai, Takale Tuna and Daniel Baul have recorded faster times.

Competing in the same heat, Jonathan Dende posted an excellent 48.75 seconds just outside his personal best of 48.74 run at the PNG Air Grand Prix in Port Moresby last year.

Fellow Morobean athlete Leonie Beu is also in great form, clocking 56.09 seconds in the 400m.

Daniel Baul: Tolai Speedster Aims at Setting National Record

Daniel comes from Napapar Village in East New Britain. He got into athletics after a friend invited him for a training session at the Sir John Guise Stadium. After that fateful day, Daniel is now one of PNG’s top sprinters.

Plans to stage athletics events

This follows the receipt of approval from the Provincial Administration in Kimbe.

Sports director, Conrad Golumu, is now liaising with Athletics PNG for the conduct of the event through the venue management team led by Nolene Pidik.

Chopra goes farthest for men’s javelin gold as Vadlejch takes silver and Veselý goes bronze

Neeraj Chopra of India took home the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw here at the Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) Olympic Games with a best effort of 87.58m on the final day of throws at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

In his Olympic debut, Chopra became only the second Indian man to claim an Olympic medal in athletics, after Norman Pritchard took the men's 200m (silver) and 200m hurdles (silver) in 1900.

‘Italy’s fairytale’: men’s 4x100m gold continues summer of success

Italy continued its summer of incredible sporting success by clinching gold in the men’s 4x100m relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

It was the country’s first-ever victory in the men’s relay and brings the total number of medals won by Italy so far at this Olympics to 38 – placing it seventh in the medals table, the highest among countries from mainland Europe.

“This is an historic record, we don’t want it to stop,” said Giovanni Malagò, the president of the Italian Olympic Committee.

Bahamian sensation Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins back-to-back Olympic 400m gold

There was no need for Shaunae Miller-Uibo to dive at the line winning her second consecutive 400m Olympic gold medal by a comfortable margin at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Five years ago, Miller-Uibo made headlines when she dove at the line to edge U.S. legend Allyson Felix by 0.07 to claim her maiden title.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse gets hands on 200m gold medal adding to Rio 2016 silver

Andre de Grasse became the new 200m king, blazing to Olympic glory leading a new generation of speedsters across the line at the Tokyo National Stadium.

De Grasse held a slender lead coming out of the bend but had Bednarek and Lyles for company with the Canadian holding on to cross the line in a time of 19.62 seconds. Bednarek followed in second with a personal best of 19.68, with Lyles bagging bronze in 19.74.

Reigning Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk fails to reach 400m final

Rio 2016 gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk failed to reach the final of the 400m at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Monday (2 August).

The South African, who set a world record of 43.03 in taking victory five years ago, has struggled with a succession of injuries since tearing his anterior cruciate knee ligament in October 2017.

The 29-year-old has struggled for form and recently moved to Florida to train.