Athletics

PNG’s Toea Wisil qualifies for Rio Olympics

Papua New Guniea’s Toea Wisil is the first female track and field athlete to qualify on merit to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 28-year-old ran into a time of 11.29 seconds and beating the qualifying time for Olympics with the time of 11.32 seconds. Wisil spoke about the challenge she went through building up her preparation for […]

Luke Nacei

July 10, 2016 11:21 am

Papua New Guniea’s Toea Wisil is the first female track and field athlete to qualify on merit to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Pacific Sprint Queen Toea Wisil with her coach Tony Fairweather. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Pacific Sprint Queen Toea Wisil with her coach Tony Fairweather at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

The 28-year-old ran into a time of 11.29 seconds and beating the qualifying time for Olympics with the time of 11.32 seconds.

Wisil spoke about the challenge she went through building up her preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

WISIL: “I lost my dad and lost my brother in the same month but I want to thank God for the talent and helping me achieve my dreams. I never give up on my dreams, this is my passion and my life I have been participating in athletics for 12 years now, this is my big moment for me and my coach, they have been behind me and I’m so proud of them.”

She said being the first to qualify for Rio through merit was a dream come true for her.

WISIL: “I can’t believe this is happening this afternoon, I trained hard and dedication has paid off and I’m happy. I want to thank God for everything he has done for me in the last minute.”

Wisil with her 12 years of experience in athletics advises young women in the Pacific not give up on their dreams.

Coach Tony Fairweather was happy with Wisil’s achievement.

FAIRWEATHER: “Wisil will now skip the preliminary rounds in the Olympics which will make things easier for her. She was already selected for PNG team but it’s good for her to come here and do her qualifier. We had a really long summer , we have done a lot of racing, and we knew we get the right conditions we will get the results.”

Meanwhile, Pacific Sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro failed to qualify by merit in the Senior Mens 200 meters final at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today.

Tabakaucoro clocked 21.12 seconds at the 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championships this afternoon while the qualifying time for the Olympics is 20.50 seconds.

The 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championships concluded this afternoon.

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