29 Jun 2017

Sport: Samoa, PNG prove quickest at Oceania Athletics Champs

9:25 am on 29 June 2017

Samoa and Papua New Guinea have proved quickest one day one of the Oceania Area Athletics Championships in Suva.

Rio Olympians Jeremy Dodson and Toea Wisil topped the charts in the men's and women's 100m heats, with Dodson clocking 11.02 seconds and Wisil 11.71 seconds.

Samoa's Jeremy Dodson [R] in the 200m heats at the Rio Olympics.

Samoa's Jeremy Dodson [R] competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo: AFP

PNG's Rellie Kaputin won gold in the women's long jump finals, with a best leap of 5.86 metres, 18 cm clear of Australia's Jessie Harper.

New Zealand collected a golden haul at ANZ Stadium: Hannah Miller won the women's 5000m in 17.08.47, with PNG's Simbai Kaspar taking the men's event in 15.50.25.

New Zealand's Maddison Lee Wesche threw 15.27m to take gold in the women's shot put, more than a half a metre clear of New Caledonia's Ashley Bologna.

And Ben Langton Burnell dominated the men's javelin final, throwing 78.10m to finish more than 12m clear of compatriot Alex Wood.

New Zealand also dominated the Para events, with Keegan Pitcher winning the 100m final, Anna Grimaldi leaped 5.17m in the women's long jump and Tamara Gotty threw 12.72m in the women's discus wheelchair.