PNG athletes vie for one place for Rio

first_imgWith Nelson Stone out of contention due to injury, it is now a two horse race between sprinter Theo Piniau and veteran 400m hurdler Mowen Boino.The deadline is June 19 and that is when Athletics PNG will nominate to the PNG Olympic Committee the athlete who has the best performance.This will be determined by reference to the IAAF scoring tables, which are an internationally recognised method of comparing performance in different events.Boino currently leads the race with his time of 52.03 seconds in the 400m hurdles which are worth 1031 points on the tables. Piniau’s best performance is 21.39 seconds for the 200m and that is worth 1018 points.With the US College season now over and with no more relay duties, the youngster from East New Britain can fully focus on his dream of making it to his first Olympic Games, whereas Boino is aiming to make up for the disappointment of missing out on his fourth Games in 2012.The pair will meet up on Thursday morning US time in the Sunshine State of Florida for a series of meets in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, starting with the first of the Sunshine Invitational Sprint Series meets this Saturday at the University of Miami Cobb Stadium.This will be followed by the Star Athletics Sprint Series at Montverde on June 11, which is expected to be huge, and possibly a race at Jacksonville on June 12.The final meet will be at Cardinal Newman on June 18. With athletes from the USA, Canada and the Caribbean looking for Olympic qualifiers, these meets are expected to be very competitive.Philadelphia based coach Dior Lowry, who has worked with a number of US-based PNG athletes in the past couple of years and accompanied the PNG team to the IAAF World Relay Championships last year, will manage the two athletes in Florida and provide any coaching assistance they require.last_img read more

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Ivan Scott finishes third in World Speed Shear competition

first_imgIvan Scott finished in third place at the World Speed Shear competition at the World Shearing Championships in New Zealand. Over 100 of the world’s fastest shearers had competed in the first heat of the competition.Ivan made it to the semi-final before being knocked out by Kiwi shearers Jack Fagan and Paerata Abraham who battled it out in the final. The Kilmacrennan native missed out on the final by hair’s breadth, finishing outside the top two by less than half a second with a time of 21.24 seconds, 0.43 of a second after Fagan’s time of 20.81.Ivan also took part in the All-Nations Open Shearing and World Machine Shearing events.On Thursday, he finished sixth in the All-Nations Open Shearing event and came fifth in the World Machine Shearing competition, the semi-final of which takes place this weekend.Ivan hit headlines last summer for setting a new world record for the fastest sheep shearing after fleecing 867 strong wool lambs in only nine hours. The previous world record was held by New Zealand shearer Dion King, who shaved 866 crossbred lambs in nine hours. King’s record remained unbeaten for almost a decade.In order to beat King’s record, he had to shear 97 sheep per hour, meaning he had just over thirty seconds per sheep.Ivan is no stranger to competitive sheep shearing, having smashed the Irish record last June. He fleeced 820 Irish ewes in nine hours in Mayo, beating the previous record of 483 held by Wexford man, George Graham in 1997.Ivan Scott finishes third in World Speed Shear competition was last modified: February 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ivan ScottNew Zealandsheep shearingworld shearing championshipsworld speed shearlast_img read more

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