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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Kescia Branche laid to rest

first_imgGrief-stricken family members and friends of the late Kescia Branche tearfully bade her farewell on Saturday.The 22-year-old teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School died at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) two days after her battered body was discovered lying at the corner of Princess Street and Lousia Row in Georgetown on the morning of November 5.The cause of her demise has been determined as brain haemorrhaging and blunt trauma to the head.At her home-going ceremony, those who knew Branche reflected on her life, while other made a strong call for justice to be served.Her devastated twin, Kessandra Branche, who had been at her bedside when she died, begged for her sister to return to her at the funeral service.Kereece Branche, Kescia’s younger sister, described her as having been a driven and determined person who had fought for what she had accomplished in life.“It always seems like Kescia was never too young for anything, but this time she was,” Kereece said in her tribute, as she broke down in tears.Head Teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, Melanie Jones, reiterated her called for justice to be served. “I do hope that they solve your case, and that your killer or killers doesn’t or don’t disappear without a trace. This nonsense has become too commonplace, and I take the blame as part of the human race,” Jones said.The mother of one has been laid to rest at Buxton, East Coast Demerara. Police are yet to charge anyone for her death.Her ex-boyfriend, along with four cops, were questioned about her death, but were later released on station bail. Investigations are still ongoing.last_img read more

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