26 Jun 2014

Sport: New 200m champions at Oceania Champs

8:17 am on 26 June 2014

New 200m champions were crowned on day one of the Oceania Athletics Championships in Rarotonga.

Papua New Guinea veteran Nelson Stone won the men's event in a time of 21.24 seconds, holding off compatriot Theo Piniau to claim the gold medal.

Last year's champion, Banuve Tabakaucoro from Fiji, withdrew from the 200m with a niggle but is still expected to race in the 100m on Thursday local time.

Fijian teenager Younis Bese won the women's final in 25.04 seconds.

Papua New Guinea's Toea Wisil was the fastest qualifier from the heats but did not race in the final after picking up an injury.

In other results, Fiji Olympian Leslie Copeland comfortably defended his javelin title, Tonga's Ata Maama Tu'utafaiva won the women's shot put and Sharon Firisua from Solomon Islands won the women's 5000m.