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New PNG record in Javelin

Sharon Toako set a new PNG National record for the Javelin on Saturday with a throw of 48.60 meters at Colorado State University Pueblo,improving by 50 centimeters the previous record set by Iammo Launa in Port Moresby in 2001.

The Pomio girl had signalled her intentions the previous week with a throw of 46.89 meters and now has her sights set on throwing over 50 meters.

“This makes Sharon a contender for the Pacific Games Gold next year said APNG President Tony Green, as she was only a metre behind New Caledonia’s Linda Selui in winning silver at the recent Mini Games in Vanuatu”.

Selui has been competing for over 20 years and former Athletics PNG Statistician Bob Snow said there are currently no signs of a clear replacement for her in the New Caledonia system, which does produce a lot of good throwers.

National Records were broken in ten different field events by PNG’s athletes last year (six for the men and four for women).

Meanwhile Toako has another of Iammo Launa’s national
records in her sights and that is the discus mark of 38.54 meters set in Port Moresby in 1993.

A throw of 37.51m on Sunday was an improvement of over three metres on her personal best.

Her New Mexico Highlands University team mate Annie Topal is
also showing good form in her main event of triple jump with consistent performances this season in the 12.60 meters range.

Over in Texas Poro Gahekave is also showing good form, with a personal best of four min 45.05 seconds in the 1500 meters in Abilene on March 24 and another pb in the 3000 meters steeplechase of 11min 28.66 secs last Saturday at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Over in Minnesota Afure Adah had her last competition before heading for the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast,
clocking 12.00 seconds in the 100 meters and 24.98 in the 200 meters.

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