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Papua New Guinea's Toea Wisil has written her name indelibly into Pacific Games history after she completed the triple-triple in the women's sprint events ©Samoa 2019
Toea Wisil has written her name indelibly into Pacific Games history after she completed the triple-triple in the women's sprint events.
The 31-year-old from Papua New Guinea added gold in the 200 metres to her successes in the 100m and 400m today to make Samoa 2019 the third successive Games in which she has swept the three events, following Noumea 2011 and Port Moresby 2015.
She won in a time of 23.45sec running into a hefty headwind, beating 17-year-old Heleina Young by just over half-a-second – the Fijian ran 24.01.
Wisil's team-mate, 18-year-old Leonie Beu, earned bronze with a time of 24.40.
Fiji's Banuve Tabakaucoro completed a treble of his own as he won the men's 200m for the third successive Games, to match his record in the 100m.
He claimed victory by barely a whisker from home favourite Jeremy Dodson, with just 0.04 seconds in it – Tabakaucoro ran 20.87, Dodson 20.91.
Dodson stormed the last 50 metres and nearly caught the Fijian, willed on by a frenetic Apia Park, but could not quite catch the champion in what was the best race of these Games so far.
Theo Pineau of Papua New Guinea won bronze in 21.70.
Elsewhere in the athletics, Samoa's Kelvin Masoe thrilled a packed crowd as he claimed gold in the men's long jump.
The 20-year-old, a bronze medallist in the 100m earlier this week, leapt 7.65m for a comfortable yet surprising victory ahead of New Caledonia's Mar Delaunay-Belleville, who jumped 7.27m, and Papua New Guinea's Peniel Richard whose jump of 7.01m secured him bronze.
A Pacific Games record was set in the women's 100m hurdles as Australia's Brianna Beahan won gold in 13.17.
Papua New Guinea's Adrine Monagi claimed silver in 13.99 and New Caledonia's Esther Wejieme finished in 14.25 to collect bronze.
Tonga's Mosese Foliaki and Talatala oe Toetu Po’oi shocked the field in the men's 110m hurdles, snatching gold and silver in a thrilling final.
Foliaki streaked along the rain-sodden track in 14.52, closely followed by Po'oi in 14.55.
Samoa's Kolone Peter Alefosio collected bronze, finishing in 14.88.
Papua New Guinea enjoyed a superb day at the athletics all round, winning a host of gold medals as they rose to second on the overall Pacific Games medal table.
One of their brightest stars has been Poro Michlyn Gahekave and she added gold in the women's 1,500m to victories in the 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase earlier this week.
Genina Georgette Criss of Guam took silver, while Papua New Guinea's Lyanne Tibu won bronze.
SOURCE: PACIFIC GAMES NEWS SERVICE/PACNEWS
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