Grand Prix / Melanesian Championships Produce Great Results

Thursday, 16 August 2007

The second day of the Grand Prix / Melanesian Championships have produced some great results from Oceania Athletes. The finals of the 800 metres and 400 metres were two of the highlights of the days with Samoa's Aunese Cureen reigning supreme in the men's 800 metres from Isireli Naikelekelevesi of Fiji.


Cureen's time in the final although slower than Tuesday night was a good psychological win for the Samoan leading into the South Pacific Games.


In the women's 800 metre the predictable dominance by Papua New Guinea was realised, with Salome Dell too strong for Ann Mooney and Cecilia Kumalalamene. Dell, currently training at the IAAF High Performance Training Centre in Auckland was happy with the time of 2:14.67 and the win was important after being placed behind Kumalalamene at the PNG National Championships.


The heats of the 200 metres produced a National Record for PNG's Mae Koime when she ran 23.71. Makelesi Builikoibo ran a time of 24.07 in a comfortable win before going on to win the women's 400 metre final in a time of 53.66.


Iliesa Namosimalua threw down the gauntlet to Fijian mate Niko Verekauta when he took out the men's 400 metres by 1/100th of a second in a time of 47.30 Undoubtedly this will be one of the premier races of the South Pacific Games when these two athletes go head to head again.


Picture: Aunese Cureen