22 Jun 2022

PNG sprint star Wisil storms to 100m gold at Pacific Mini Games

2:13 pm on 22 June 2022

Toea Wisil headed a Papua New Guinea clean sweep in the women's 100m final at the Pacific Mini Games in Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands.

The 34-year-old sprinter clocked 11.98 secs to finish ahead of compatriots Isila Apkup and Leonie Beu.

Wisil has won numerous sprint golds for PNG at Pacific Games and Pacific Mini Games, Oceania Championships, and Melanesian championships since 2005.

Toea Wisil

Toea Wisil Photo: NMPMG2022/Shivneel Narayan

At international level, Wisil finished fourth i the 2010 Commonwealth Games 100m and has competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, and two World Championships.

Her's was one of five athletics golds for Papua New Guinea at the Oleai Sports Complex.

Scholastica Herman triumphed in the women's 800m, while Dilu Goiye won the men's 10,000m.

Men's discus gold was also won by PNG as Debono Paraka emerged victorious ahead of young Australian Jackson Mellor.

Ata Maama Tuutafaiva of Tonga secured women's shot put gold with a winning throw of 15.60m.

Wini grabs three golds for Solomons

Solomon Islands weightlifter Jenly Tegu Wini has continued her impressive form, bagging three gold medals at the Pacific Mini-Games in Saipan.

Her medals came in the 55kg snatch, the 55kg clean and jerk and the 55kg overall.

Wini won the 2013 Oceania Championships in her weight category, the first female weightlifter from Solomon Islands to do so.

In 2018 she became the first Solomon Islander to win a Commonwealth Games medal, finishing third in the women's 58kg event on the Gold Coast.

Long jumper, Marvin Delaunay-Belleville, has won the latest Pacific Mini Games gold medal for New Caledonia with a jump of 7.19m.

The territory has also won two golds in the Va'a canoe competition, with Mainguet Albert in the single and with the team 500m event.