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PNG prepare for Rio Olympics

Staff Reporter 4/13/2016 | |
Competition for the place available in track and field for one male athlete in the PNG team to Rio is hotting up with Theo Piniau now putting himself in serious contention with a 21.39second clocking for the 200m event last weekend on his home track in Canyon, Texas.
Piniau who won the bronze medal at the Pacific Games only nine one hundredths of a second behind Nelson Stone with a time of 21.37 has been training well since returning to the USA in September last year but had not yet reached his 2015 performance level until it all clicked for him on Saturday.
With the perfect conditions of a following wind right on the legal limit for record purposes (2.0 metres per second) and a good field of athletes Piniau gritted his teeth and ran through the pain of a badly bruised toe to record his second best ever time for the distance and just edge his school team mate Todd Handley to win the race.
Meanwhile MowenBoino maintained his recent consistent form in the 400m hurdles to win a close race with Piniau’s team mate TobiaLahbi (Italy) in a time of 52.75seconds.
Boino is confident that he can match or even better the 51.51 seconds that he ran last year and if that were to happen then either Piniau or Nelson Stone would need to break the 21.09 second national record in the 200m or run a sub 47 second 400m to better that.

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