The Nationl, Monday 3rd September, 2012
FRANCIS Kompaon set a new personal best in the 2012 London Paralympic Games after clocking 23.05s in the T46 200m heat one against a head wind of .2m/s last Friday at the Stratford Stadium.
Kompaon’s best in 200m is 23.33s which he recorded during the 2012 Australian Open and AWD Athletics Championship in Melbourne in April this year. This was the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) sanctioned event that has recorded.
Coach Bill McKenny, said Francis did very well compared with his IPC recorded PB. He did his best and that’s what we expected from every athlete. It’s a good improvement.”
Meanwhile, Chef de Mission, Dr Kefu Ma, said, “Francis did extremely well in improving his timings and set a new personal best in the 200m heats.”
On the other hand, Francis is a little disappointed in missing the line up for the final heat yesterday.
He said: “My personal best electronically outside the IPC sanctioned event is 22.64s and I’m just disappointed on this timing.
Kompaon is the second Pacific Paralympian to begin the London Paralympic Games campaign. First Pacific Island athlete was Marcel Houssimoli, from Vanuatu, who also ran a personal best in the T37 200m.
On Thursday Kompaon will compete in the 100m heat on midday and progress through the final in the evening if he qualifies.
This is the event that Kompaon took silver in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.