The South Pacific Games are going well in Apia. Well, that's the best Fiji news for the day. Hmmmm.
Delai and Bulikiobo deliver Fiji sprint double
Fiji's Jone Delai and Makelesi Bulikiobo returned to the South Pacific Games track to claim their sprint crowns. For Bulikiobo it was a much anticipated return to the games, after she was injured at the Suva Games in 2003. In Apia, on day two of track and field, she won a much anticipated showdown with Papua New Guinea's Mae Koime, who's ruled in her absence.Bulikiobo won in a game records time of 11.55 seconds, ahead of Koime's 11.57 seconds and Toea Wisil of PNG, who finished in 12 seconds.
The men's 100m was won by Fiji's Jone Delai on his 40th birthday. He ran home in 10.66 seconds, defeating team mate Iowane Dovumatua in 10.71secs and third placed Wally Karika of PNG, in 10.74secs.
The 800 meters was a great race, offering a clean sweep to PNG, with Solome Dell 2:12.98, Cecilia Kumalalamene 2:16.35v secs and Ann Mooney 2:16.62secs. Local hero Aunese Curreen won the men's 800 meters in a tightly fought race with Isiraeli Naikelekelevesi of Fiji, the standing records holder from the past three games, in second, ahead of the up and coming Arnold Sorina of Vanuatu. Curreen's time 1:41.82 seconds.
In field events, New Caledonia's Elise Takosi winning the hammer in 47.41 metres from the French Territory's javelin star, Bina Ramesh in 45.50, and Cook Islands Siniva Marsters was third in 42.96.
The men's10,000 metres race, won for a record fourth time in a row by Georges Richmond of Tahiti, in a time 33.29.41seconds, defeating PNG's Sapolai Yao, 34.6.22 seconds and Sam Levi from Vanuatu, who was third in 35.5.44 seconds.
The men's 400 metres heats have set up a another big day of rivalry for Fiji and PNG set to clash again on the track.