The National, Tuesday July 24th, 2012
TOEA Wisil and Nelson Stone are now settled in the Olympic Village after completing their pre Olympic Games competition programme at Cardiff on Wednesday last week.
Poor weather conditions and the absence of a number of international athletes who had pledged to run contributed to a disappointing night for the PNG team of four athletes.
Toea Wisil ran 11.99 for 5th place in the 100m into a 2m headwind.
Nelson Stone found himself alone way out in lane 8 with lanes five,six and seven all vacant as a result of athletes not turning up at the start line.
Stone rang strongly for 300m but eased off in the home straight to avoid exacerbating a hamstring problem that had arisen a couple of days earlier,and finished in 49.11.
“Nelson has been thoroughly checked out by the medics in London” said team manager Tony Green.
“It’s not serious and he will be fit to run at the Games.”
The only bright light in a dull evening for the PNG team in Cardiff was an excellent run by Betty Burua in the 400m.
She placed second in her heat and was fifth fastest overall from the 14 starters with a time of 54.32 seconds.
Mowen Boino placed third in his last race of the season with 52.18 which was a good effort considering the times posted by the other athletes in the field relative to their personal bests.