Sport: PNG names athletics team for Commonwealth Games

12:39 pm on 3 March 2018

Papua New Guinea Athletics will be represented by three women and eight men at next month's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

2015 Pacific Games Triple Gold medallist Rellie Kaputin headlines the team which was announced this week.

Kaputin will contest the long jump and triple jump and Afure Adah will take part in the 100m and 200m sprints.

Adrine Monagi will run the 100m hurdles event in which she has recently shown good form.

Nazmie Lee Marai, who won the 100m and 200m at the recent Mini Games, had been named along with Wesley Logorava.

National 200m record holder Theo Piniau will take part on the Gold Coast and Ephraim Lerkin will contest the 400m and 400m hurdles.

38 year-old Mowen Boino will be competing in his fifth Commonwealth Games and will also run the 400m hurdles.

Para athlete Samuel Nason has been granted a universality place and will run the 100m in the T47 class.

PNG's two field event athletes in the men's division are Peniel Richard and Debono Paraka.

Richard is the national record holder in both long jump and triple jump and will contest both of events at the Games while Paraka will compete in discus and shot put.

The post courier reports Phillip Newton, who steered the PNG jumps and combined event athletes to five gold four silver and five bronze medals at the 2015 Pacific Games, is the head coach.