Rellie Kaputin (PNG) jumped 1.77 metres which not only secured the gold medal but also broke PNG’s national women’s high jump record (previously 1.76 metres). Kaputin’s team mates Naomi Kerari (PNG) and Delilah Kami (PNG) won silver and bronze respectively.
“It is a great privilege for me to compete in front of the home crowd. It boosts me and motivates me to do better. I broke the national record for PNG and I’m proud of that,” said Kaputin.
Elise Takosi (NCL) won gold in the women’s hammer event with a throw of 52.51 metres. Brianna Stephens (NFI), Norfolk Island’s only athletics competitor at Port Moresby 2015, claimed silver, while Kasandra Vegas (SAM) bagged bronze.
Takosi said she had expected to throw better but was satisfied nonetheless.
“I am not very happy with my performance. I wanted to do better as I did this morning, when I threw 54 metres. But I still finished first so it doesn’t really matter; it’s more about the gold medal than the performance.”
Takosi dedicated the win to her former coach who passed away recently.
Eugene Vollmer (FIJ) won gold in the men’s triple jump with a jump of 15.27 metres followed closely by Peniel Richard (PNG) who claimed silver (15.22 metres) and Frederic Erin (NCL) who bagged bronze (14.97 metres).
Vollmer said he was relieved to win the event given his recent injury problems.
“I sustained an injury (a gluteous maximus strain) three weeks before the Games so I had a lot of doubt coming into this competition, and for some reason I pulled out a win.
“The injury took a lot of beating throughout the competition, I tried to take my mind off it and focus on positive things like having fun and competing with other athletes, and trying to keep my faith.”
The men’s javelin ambulatory event was dominated by Sent Anis (PNG) who won gold with a throw of 38.25 metres. Thierry Washetine (NCL) claimed silver and Lutoviko Halagahu (WLF) collected bronze.
By Phylma Timea, Games News Service