Naulu Upsets Bese
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.
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.
Edited by Osea Bola