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Pacific Mini Games 2009 - Athletics
Track kings claim 10 medals
PACIFIC track rulers Niko Verekauta and Makelesi Bulikiobo have achieved a milestone by winning five gold medals each in the 2009 Pacific Mini Games.
Asenate is Tuvalu’s new history maker
SHE is the tiny Pacific Island of Tuvalu’s history maker.
Mau bags bronze!
Proud Mau George shows off his bronze medal won in the shot put on Friday afternoon, with his partner Leah Nelio.
Solomon athletes will suffer
THE Solomon Islands athletes have lost a lot from its government’s decision to pull out from the 2015 Pacific Games bid.
Fiji maintains lead
FIJI has maintained its lead in the 2009 Pacific Mini Games medal tally count.
With a major haul in the athletics events, Team Fiji rounds up the first week of PMG on a successful note.
Pain and glory
They might have crossed the half marathon finish line on Saturday morning holding hands. But according to the race officials, Cook Islands athletes Ake Hosea-Winterflood (at right) pipped Mona Henderson by .05 of a second.
Hosea-Winterflood crossed the line in fourth place (women’s) in two hours 23 minutes and 34.31 seconds according to the official results.
Tereapii wins a shot put bronze for Cook Islands
She may not have won gold today, but Tereapii Tapoki was our golden girl as she added another individual medal to the Cook Islands’ tally.
Men’s 400m Hurdles was won at the mark
Jone Wainiqolo took great pains to ensure that the measurements of his starting blocks were exactly as he wanted them before the start of the race.
Tuvalu wins its first medal
Asenate Manoa is proud that she has finally been able to give Tuvalu its first medal of the Pacific Mini Games 2009.
Gold and Silver for Fiji in the Women’s 1500m
Kavita Maharaj of Fiji, winner of the women’s 1500m was presented with her medal by Vaine Arioka, the General Manager of the Bank of the Cook Islands.
Fiji takes the women’s 400m Hurdles
Anameli Navukitu of Fiji took the Women’s 400m Hurdles in a time of 1.05.32.
A gold medal was within reach of the Fijian 100m hurdler until she crashed to the ground just inches from the finishing line.
Close Finish for Mens 100m
The men's 100m hurdle race is one of the glamour events of the track programme.
Fiji on fire
FIJI sprinters created another piece of history yesterday after a clean sweep in the men’s and women’s 200 metres events at the BCI Stadium.
Betty’s blitz raises eyebrows
CONCERNS have been raised over 2009 Pacific Mini Games star Betty Babalu’s participation in long distance competition.
Athletics competition manager Ina Marsters says no action will be taken against Solomon Islands’ Betty Babalu for stepping off the track during the 5000m on Tuesday.
Gold Medal for Varasiko Tomeru from Fiji
An 18 year old from Galoa Village in Fiji won the 800m race at the BCI National Stadium and is taking home the Gold Medal.
Fiji dominates athletics track events
THE ABSENCE of fellow Melanesian sprinters has facilitated Fiji’s dominance on tracks at the 2009 Pacific Mini Games.
Top 6 finish for Tutai
It was mixed emotions for Teaea Parima – Daniel Tutai’s javelin coach – at yesterday’s competition at the Pacific Mini Games.
Two down for Niko
IT is two down and three more to go for Fiji sprinter Niko Verekauta.
Qarau wins the octathlon
FIJI’S Kolinio Qarau won the Octathlon event that finished off on Wednesday at the BCI Stadium.
Isac makes Niue history
LAGAUA Isac will have his name written down in the history books of Niue.
4 records broken
LESLIE Copeland broke his mentor’s long standing record in the men’s javelin to set up a new record of 74.98m in Pacific Mini Games.
Record broken by Fijian Javelin Thrower
The depth of the skills of some of the contestants in the javelin event demonstrated a high level of coaching and training within particular countries.
Kiribati athlete – Raobu Tarawa
Nineteen-year-old Raobu Tarawa comes from Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati.
The importance of accuracy
Accuracy is paramount when you are measuring the throws of some of the most talented athletes in the Pacific at the Pacific Mini Games.
Hammer gets everyone in a tangle
So how many athletics officials does it take to get a hammer untangled from a net?
Wet Wednesday – Day 3 Pacific Mini Games
The flame of the Pacific Mini Games continued to light up a very wet and lonely stadium this morning.
Tiny Babalu wins big
Young Betty Babalu was over the moon last night after clinching the women’s 5000 metres title at the BCI Stadium.
Fijians head 100m sprint showdown
FIJI sprinters have taken early leads in the men’s 100m sprint event.
Melanesians dominate athletics
As predicted, Fiji and New Caledonia dominated in the first day of the Pacific Mini Games athletics competition yesterday.
Cook Islands track and field athlete Harmon Harmon was put out of the 2009 Pacific Mini Games after a nasty hamstring injury on the track yesterday.
PMG records tumble
ANA Po’uhila broke the first Pacific Mini Games record in women’s discus event at BCI Stadium yesterday (Tuesday).
First medal for the Cook Islands
Tereapii Tapoki may not have won the gold in the Women’s Discus, but the bronze was a start on our medal chart.
Cook Islands javelin throwers take opposition seriously
Top Cook Islands athletes took their fellow javelin competitors seriously at the first medal event of the Pacific Mini Games competition.
Tuvalu athlete to try for personal best.
At the age of 16, Asenate Manoa represented Tuvalu at the Olympic Games. She ran in the 100m in Beijing in 2008.
Day One Results
Under cloudy skies athletes of the Pacific competed at the first day of the Pacific Mini Games. There were four gold medals to be decided today: Women's Javelin, Women's Discus, Men's 3000 metre Steeple Chase and Women's 5000 metre.
Ana Po'uhila was the star of the day with a record-breaking performance in the women's discus. Ana's throw of 53.10 metres was one and a half metres better than
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