The National- Thursday, February 17, 2011
PAPUA New Guinea sprint queen Salome Dell continues to cause ripples after opening this year in superb form at the Brisbane Track Classics last weekend smashing her own national record in the 1500m with a new mark of 4:27.77.
Competing in the first series of five meets which make up the Athletics Australia Tour for this year Dell was placed 7th in a quality field to make a great start to her season.
Toea Wisil also made a solid start with timings of 11.80 in the 100m and 23.96 for the 200m.
Nelson Stone on the other hand clocked 48.66 in the 400m.
The trio heads to Hobart on Saturday for the second race in the series. Dell will run her favourite 800m event and Stone, the 200m.
PNG Athletics Union president Tony Green said their travel was funded by the Athletics Australia to travel to Hobart and compete against the best athletes in their respective event in the country.
Further meets will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth next month.
Green added that all the athletes need to perform at a high level to secure invitations to the remaining three meets.
At the end of the series a significant amount of prize money will be distributed to the top athletes in each event.