Wisil bags her 2nd gold, compatriot Beu secures silver


Pacific Games women’s sprint champion Toea Wisil dominated the women’s 400m final at the Samoa Pacific Games to secure a comfortable gold medal in 53.90 seconds in front of a large crowd at Apia Park Stadium yesterday.
Her fellow countrywoman, Leonie Beu, claimed silver in 55.71 seconds and Tahiti’s Takina Bernardino secured bronze, finishing in 56.70 seconds.
“I’m really happy with my run this afternoon and it is a good feeling, but I am mostly impressed to see the younger women coming up,” Wisil, who first competed in the Games in 2007 in Samoa, said.
“For me, it is not an easy job, it is hard work with sacrifices and commitment but, at the end of the day, you see the results.”
Wisil, who is a role model for younger Pacific Island women entering athletics, said she hoped her impact as an athlete, especially a female one, went beyond Papua New Guinea.
“I hope that I am making an impact in the Pacific not just in PNG and in saying that, I always tell young women that when you put your mind and heart into something you want to achieve then you can achieve it. Just work hard and be committed,” she said.
Wisil, who won the 100m gold earlier this week, said she was proud of the young and upcoming female athletes of PNG and specifically praised current teammate and silver medalist Beu, who ran a person best in the race.
– gamesnewsservice

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