Day Two of Competition Ė Oceania Athletics Championships, Tahiti 4th June, 2013

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Another big day of athletics at Stade Pater in Pirae, and a great day for Australia and New Zealand in the medal haul.  Australia and New Zealand won all of the U18 gold medals on offer with the exception of the Heptathlon.


The undoubted highlight of the day was the first throw of Leslie Copeland (FIJ) in Open Menís javelin. The 800g implement flew to 76.87m to eclipse his own Oceania Championships Record. It was a seasonís best performance and it augurs well for his major competitions in the months ahead.


Another throwing highlight was Samoan Alexander Roseís second gold medal in the Shot Put, with a distance of 17.22m. He won the Discus yesterday.


The Womenís Open 400m was won easily by Alicia Keir of Australia in 55.07 seconds.


Pippa Trevella (NZL) was also an easy winner of the Open Womenís 1500m in a time of 4:33.36, from New Zealandís Kerry White with 4:38.24.  Mereseini Naidau (FIJ) with 4:57.75 won the Island contest defeating Sharon Firisua (SOL) and Tuna Tine (PNG).


Sharon Firisua (SOL) caused somewhat of an upset when she convincingly won the Open Womenís 5000m in the time of 19:41.23 to beat three experienced Tahitian runners, Sophie Bouchonnet (19:49.95), Nathalie Margeurit (19:50.26) and Sophie Gardon (20:02.00). Expect a good rematch in in the Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna in September.


The Open Womenís Triple Jump  was won by Jenni Scott (NZL) with a leap of 11.64m, while Rebecca Direen (AUS) won the Open Womenís Hammer Throw with 48.17m. The Heptathlon was won by Elana Withnall of Australia.


The Open Womenís Javelin Throw was won by the narrowest of margins by Laura Overton (NZL) 41.98m from the winner of the U18 JT, Emilie Falelavaki (WF) with 41.93m.


As expected New Zealandís Robert Jopp won the Open Menís 400m with a time of 48.44 seconds, and Tyler Heron (AUS) won the Open Menís 110m Hurdles in 15.57 seconds.


Jack Bruce (AUS) won the Open Menís 1500m in the time of 4:01.18 to defeat current Pacific Games Champion, Adrien Kela (NCL) with 4:05.19.


The medals in the Open Menís 5000m went the same way as those in yesterdayís 10000m.  Josh Maisey (NZL) 15:33.90 won from Northern Australiaís Anthony Craig with 15:38.74 and Sapolai Yao from PNG with a time of 15:43.03.


Winning his second gold medal of the Championship was Australiaís Cedric Dubler (a scholarship holder at the Gold Coast RDC) with a jump of 7.24m in the Long Jump. Second was Fijiís Simione Isimeli with 6.95m.


The full results of both Day One and Day Two of the Championships can be found on this website, by following the link to Competitions/Results and then clicking on Oceania Open Area Championships.


The competition concludes tomorrow.