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Flying Pacific sprint queen Toea slays the field

PAPUA New Guinea sprint queen Toea Wisil blitzed the field to defend her 100m title at her first Pacific Games appearance in front of her home crowd at the Sir John Guise Stadium last night, beating rival Fijian Younis Bese.
Wisil was impressive from the start, leaving her opponents a metre behind in the final 50m. She clocked 11.86s. Bese finished second on 12.27s and her team mate, Sisilia Seavula, on 12.55s, was third.
In the men’s 100m final, favourite and Fijian flyer Ratu Banuve Tabakaucoro silenced the home crowd, who were backing local hero Kupun Wisil, with a time of 10.55s.
Palau’s Rodman Teltull came second in 10.98s and Wisil on 11.04s.
An elated Toea thanked local fans for standing behind Papua New Guinean athletes last night.  
“On behalf of PNG, I would like to dedicate the win to the people of Jiwaka and my family who have flown all the way from home to see me compete in the finals with my brother Kupun,” Toea said.
“Tomorrow we have the 400m and I feel that I have two girls who we will run together – Betty Burua and Donna Koniel – who just won her 800m finals tonight.”
Toea said she wanted to break some records but the wind was too strong (-1.8m) last night.
“I didn’t expect too much tonight. There was more head-wind,” Toea said.
“I thought of breaking the record but the wind was too strong so I didn’t expect to run the time. But to win gold medal, I am excited winning the gold on home soil.”
Tabakaucoro said the wind was not on his side.
The Fijian flyer said his next target was to focus on the 200m today and then the International Amateur Athletics Federation World Championships in Beijing, China, in August.  The National

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