Naulu Up­sets Bese

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Adi Cakobau School’s stu­dent Mak­ereta Naulu had a strong fin­ish in the first heat of the women’s 100m up­set­ting favourite You­nis Bese. Naulu fin­ished in the best time of 11.09sec while Bese fin­ished sec­ond with a time of 12.21s. It came as the 2016 Me­lane­sian Cham­pi­onship be­gan at the ANZ Sta­dium in Suva last night. In the sec­ond heat other Olympic con­tender Sisilia Seavula fin­ished in fourth with a time of 12.27s, Emily Cop­pins of Aus­tralia fin­ished in first place with a time 11.9s. In heat three Pa­pua New Guinea’s favourite Toea Wisil fin­ished in first place with a time of 11.14s. Naulu, who also have a high chance of booking a spot for the Rio Olympics next month, said beat­ing Bese, who trains and stud­ies at the South­west­ern Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Iowa, United States, came as a sur­prise for her.

“I was not ex­pect­ing to beat You­nis, I’m sur­prise after that per­for­mance and I’m look­ing for­ward to to­mor­row (tonight). “I’m ex­cited and look­ing for­ward to the fi­nal and I’m look­ing for­ward to the re­sult. I will leave ev­ery­thing to God but I have faith,” she added.

Per­fect con­di­tion

Pa­cific sprint king Banuve Tabakau­coro cruise through his heat and fin­ished first with a time of 10.6s.

“Ba­si­cally the con­di­tion was per­fect for me. I was just try­ing to get through the runs and fi­nals and ex­pect­ing a good com­pe­ti­tion from Palau and Aus­tralia,” Tabakau­coro said. Mean­while, Naulu, Bese and Sisilia have qual­i­fied for the women’s fi­nal to­day and Tabakau­coro has booked a spot in the men’s fi­nal.

The 100m fi­nal will start at 6:45pm.

Pa­pua New Guinea’s favourite Toea Wisil fin­ished first in the women’s 100m heats dur­ing the 2016 Me­lane­sian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship at ANZ Sta­dium, Suva last night. Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Edited by Osea Bola

Adi Cakobau School sprinter Mak­ereta Naulu (left), beats You­nis Bese (mid­dle) in the women’s 100m heats dur­ing the 2016 Me­lane­sian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship at ANZ Sta­dium in Suva last night. Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

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