2009 Melanesian Championships in Athletics

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V Melanesian Championships in Athletics
Host city Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Australia
Date(s) August 4–8
Main stadium Griffith University
Level Senior
Participation 85 athletes from
7 nations
Events 34 (18 men, 16 women)

The 2009 Melanesian Championships in Athletics took place between August 4–8, 2009. The event was held at the Griffith University in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, jointly with the OAA Grand Prix Series, and the OAA sub-regional Micronesian and Polynesian Championships. Many athletes utilised the competitions preparing for the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany.[1] Detailed reports were given for the OAA.[2][3]

A total of 34 events were contested, 18 by men and 16 by women.

Medal summary[edit]

Complete results can be found on the Oceania Athletics Association webpage,[4][5][6] and at sportfieber.pytalhost.com.[7][8][9]

In 100 metres, 400 metres hurdles, long jump and triple jump, as well as in shot put, discus throw, and javelin throw, there were separate open competitions for the Melanesian championships and the OAA Grand Prix Series held on different days.

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres (wind: +0.1 m/s) Niko Verekauta
 Fiji
10.60 Nelson Stone
 Papua New Guinea
10.76 Iowane Dovumatua
 Fiji
10.82
100 metres Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Adison Alfred
 Solomon Islands
11.21 (wind: +0.0 m/s) Mathew Goha
 Solomon Islands
11.30 (wind: +1.2 m/s) Jack Iroga
 Solomon Islands
11.37 (wind: +1.2 m/s)
200 metres (wind: +2.5 m/s) Niko Verekauta
 Fiji
21.47 w Nelson Stone
 Papua New Guinea
21.59 w Tevita Nalovo Tuvuloka
 Fiji
22.17 w
400 metres1.) Nelson Stone
 Papua New Guinea
47.61 Wala Gime
 Papua New Guinea
48.38 Joshua Ahwong
 Australia
48.77
800 metres Varasiko Toge Tomeru
 Fiji
1:55.21 Adrien Kela
 New Caledonia
1:55.58 Dean Searles
 Australia
1:55.62
1500 metres Adrien Kela
 New Caledonia
4:08.57 Rorey Hunter
 Australia
4:09.19 Douglas Bale
 Solomon Islands
4:17.28
5000 metres Philip Nausien
 Vanuatu
16:08.60 Nathan Sutherland
 Australia
16:34.26 Theo Houdret
 New Caledonia
17:30.16
10000 metres Chris Votu
 Solomon Islands
34:08.25 Philip Nausien
 Vanuatu
35:43.02 Nicholas Hanna
 Australia
42:11.04
3000 metres steeplechase Chris Votu
 Solomon Islands
10:17.84 Douglas Bale
 Solomon Islands
10:24.15
110 metres hurdles (wind: -0.1 m/s) Xavier Fenuafanote
 New Caledonia
15.79 Jone Wainiqolo
 Fiji
15.82 Nathan McConchie
 Australia
18.04
400 metres hurdles Wala Gime
 Papua New Guinea
53.12
400 metres hurdles Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Wala Gime
 Papua New Guinea
52.45 Jone Wainiqolo
 Fiji
56.06
High Jump Norman Tse
 Papua New Guinea
1.96m Xavier Fenuafanote
 New Caledonia
1.87m Khaele Bowen
 Australia
1.81m
Long Jump Julius Nyambane
 Australia
7.01m (wind: +1.1 m/s) Rodney Blaire
 Australia
6.71m (wind: -1.5 m/s) Norman Tse
 Papua New Guinea
6.69m (wind: +1.9 m/s)
Long Jump Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Julius Nyambane
 Australia
6.90m (wind: -0.4 m/s) Norman Tse
 Papua New Guinea
6.69m (wind: +0.7 m/s) Rodney Blaire
 Australia
6.39m (wind: +0.9 m/s)
Triple Jump Mong Tavol
 Papua New Guinea
13.91m (wind: -1.0 m/s) Reginald Monagi
 Papua New Guinea
13.24m (wind: +0.0 m/s) Etuwate Dreli
 Fiji
12.98m (wind: -2.1 m/s)
Triple Jump Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Mong Tavol
 Papua New Guinea
13.98m (wind: -1.1 m/s) Reginald Monagi
 Papua New Guinea
13.64m (wind: -0.2 m/s)
Shot Put David Rakoci
 Australia
11.11m
Discus Throw Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) David Rakoci
 Australia
34.61m
Hammer Throw Thomas McGuire
 Australia
43.25m David Rakoci
 Australia
32.59m
Javelin Throw Leslie Copeland
 Fiji
67.99m CR Ashley Hollins
 Australia
61.12m Semi Waqavatu
 Fiji
55.13m
Javelin Throw Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Leslie Copeland
 Fiji
66.36m Ashley Hollins
 Australia
64.23m
4 x 100 metres relay2.)  Fiji 41.40 =CR  Papua New Guinea 41.90  Australia 44.33
4 x 400 metres relay  Papua New Guinea 3:23.07  Vanuatu 3:30.73  Australia 3:34.31

1.): In the 400 metres event, Kevin Kapmatana from  Papua New Guinea was 2nd in 48.05 competing as a guest.
2.): In the 4 x 100 metres relay event, the B team from  Fiji was 3rd in 42.30 competing as guests.

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres (wind: -1.0 m/s) Toea Wisil
 Papua New Guinea
11.80 =CR Makelesi Bulikiobo
 Fiji
11.98 Helen Philemon
 Papua New Guinea
13.07
100 metres (wind: +1.0 m/s)] Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Michele John
 Papua New Guinea
13.52 Pauline Kwalea
 Solomon Islands
13.63
200 metres (wind: 1.6 m/s) Makelesi Bulikiobo
 Fiji
24.25 Toea Wisil
 Papua New Guinea
24.64 Paulini Korowaqa
 Fiji
25.65
400 metres1.) Makelesi Bulikiobo
 Fiji
54.90 Salome Dell
 Papua New Guinea
55.79 Paulini Korowaqa
 Fiji
58.36
800 metres Salome Dell
 Papua New Guinea
2:09.25 CR Kavita Maharaj
 Fiji
2:21.23 Poro Gahekave
 Papua New Guinea
2:26.37
1500 metres Kavita Maharaj
 Fiji
4:57.81 Poro Gahekave
 Papua New Guinea
5:08.60 Salote Nauila
 Fiji
5:20.75
5000 metres Sereima Liku
 Fiji
20:24.28
100 metres hurdles (wind: -0.3 m/s) Soko Salaniqiqi
 Fiji
15.66 CR
400 metres hurdles Sharon Kwarula
 Papua New Guinea
64.38
Long Jump Soko Salaniqiqi
 Fiji
5.71m w (wind: +4.9 m/s) Merrisa Colledge
 Australia
5.50m w (wind: +2.8 m/s)
Long Jump Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Merrisa Colledge
 Australia
5.17m (wind: +0.8 m/s) Soko Salaniqiqi
 Fiji
5.17m (wind: +1.3 m/s)
Triple Jump Nickeisha Hodder
 Australia
10.20m (wind: +0.5 m/s)
Shot Put Kelly Humphries
 Australia
11.19m CR Nickeisha Hodder
 Australia
9.63m Britt Quintal Christian
 Norfolk Island
8.91m
Shot Put Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Kelly Humphries
 Australia
11.09m Che Kenneally
 Australia
10.47m Britt Quintal Christian
 Norfolk Island
8.81m
Discus Throw2.) Kelly Humphries
 Australia
38.23m CR Wasie Toolis
 Australia
32.34m Nickeisha Hodder
 Australia
32.01m
Discus Throw Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Kelly Humphries
 Australia
36.17m Nickeisha Hodder
 Australia
35.40m Wasie Toolis
 Australia
31.18m
Hammer Throw Kelly Humphries
 Australia
44.22m CR Cindy Toluafe
 New Caledonia
41.28m
Javelin Throw Nickeisha Hodder
 Australia
40.99m Wasie Toolis
 Australia
39.02m
Javelin Throw Non-Championship Event (Grand Prix Series) Nickeisha Hodder
 Australia
41.45m Wasie Toolis
 Australia
37.09m Kelly Humphries
 Australia
29.26m
4 x 100 metres relay  Papua New Guinea 49.08  Australia 51.92
4 x 400 metres relay  Papua New Guinea 4:00.20  Fiji 4:02.28

1.): In the 400 metres event, Angeline Blackburn from  Australia was 3rd in 55.85 competing as a guest.
2.): In the discus throw event, Che Kenneally from  Australia was 2nd in 35.71m competing as a guest.

Medal table (unofficial)[edit]

  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Fiji 11 4 7 22
2  Papua New Guinea 10 8 3 21
3  Australia 8 10 8 26
4  New Caledonia 2 3 1 6
5  Solomon Islands 2 1 1 4
6  Vanuatu 1 2 0 3
7  Norfolk Island 0 0 1 1

Participation[edit]

According to an unofficial count, 85 athletes from 7 countries participated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oceania Regional Championships - Ready to Begin, OAA, 3 August 2009, retrieved February 18, 2014 
  2. ^ Regional Championships - Day 1 Wrap Up, OAA, 5 August 2009, retrieved February 18, 2014 
  3. ^ Oceania Regional Championships - Final Wrap-up, OAA, 12 August 2009, retrieved February 18, 2014 
  4. ^ Oceania Regional Championships 2009 - 4/08/2009 to 8/08/2009 - Oceania Grand Prix Series 2009 - Griffith University, Gold Coast - Australia - Results - Tuesday - 4 August - Melanesian, OAA, 4 August 2009, retrieved February 18, 2014 
  5. ^ Oceania Regional Championships 2009 - 4/08/2009 to 8/08/2009 - Oceania Grand Prix Series 2009 - Griffith University, Gold Coast - Australia - Results - Thursday 6 August - Melanesian, OAA, 6 August 2009, retrieved February 18, 2014 
  6. ^ Oceania Regional Championships 2009 - 4/08/2009 to 8/08/2009 - Oceania Grand Prix Series 2009 - Griffith University, Gold Coast - Australia - Results - Saturday 8 August - Melanesian, OAA, 8 August 2009, retrieved February 18, 2014 
  7. ^ Oceania Regional Championships 2009 - 4/08/2009 to 8/08/2009 - Oceania Grand Prix Series 2009 - Griffith University, Gold Coast - Australia, sportfieber.pytalhost.com, retrieved February 18, 2014 
  8. ^ Oceania Regional Championships 2009 - 4/08/2009 to 8/08/2009 - Oceania Grand Prix Series 2009 - Griffith University, Gold Coast - Australia, sportfieber.pytalhost.com, retrieved February 18, 2014 
  9. ^ Oceania Regional Championships 2009 - 4/08/2009 to 8/08/2009 - Oceania Grand Prix Series 2009 - Griffith University, Gold Coast - Australia, sportfieber.pytalhost.com, retrieved February 18, 2014