Francis Kompaon

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Francis Kompaon
Medal record
Track and field (T46)
Representing  Papua New Guinea
Paralympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing 100m
Pacific Games
Silver medal – second place 2015 Port Moresby 100 m Ambulent

Francis Kompaon (born 16 January 1986 in Rabaul[1]) is a T46 Papua New Guinean athlete.

He represented Papua New Guinea at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, competing in athletics in the one hundred metre sprint, T46 category. With a time of 11.10 seconds, he finished second in the final, five hundredths of a second behind Australia's Heath Francis. It was Papua New Guinea's first ever Olympic or Paralympic medal,[2][3][4] and only the second ever Olympic or Paralympic medal won by a Pacific Islander; Tongan boxer Paea Wolfgramm had won a silver at the 1996 Olympics.[5] He also competed in the 200 metre sprint, finishing ninth overall in the heats, with a time of 23.30 seconds.[6] Kompaon was his country's flagbearer at the Games' opening ceremony,[7] and was one of fifteen competitors (out of over 4000) selected to carry the torch during the Paralympic torch relay in Beijing.[8]

He had previously won several gold medals at regional competitions in Oceania, and had finished fourth in the 200m sprint for élite athletes with disabilities at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[9]

Papua New Guinea's sports minister Dame Carol Kidu said that Kompaon's Paralympic medal had "raised the issue of disability in Papua New Guinea to a level that it has never been".[10] In direct response to Kompaon's medal, Prime Minister Michael Somare promised that the government would increase funding for disability sports.[11]

In 2009, Kompaon enrolled in sports management at Griffith University in Queensland.[12]

He qualified as one of two athletes to represent Papua New Guinea at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London,[13] and was again selected to be his country's flag-bearer during the Games' opening ceremony[14] competed in the men's 100m and 200m T46 (the category for upper limb amputees). In the 200m, he finished sixth (of eight) in his heat, with a new personal best of 23.05, and did not advance to the final.[15] In his main event, the 100m, he finished third (of seven) in heat 2, qualifying for the final as the fastest loser overall with a personal best time of 11.21 (fifth fastest overall over the three heats). In the final, however, he was unable to repeat his Beijing performance; he "injured his hamstring near the finish line" and finished seventh (of eight) in 12.28.[16][17]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Francis Kompaon's biography on the official website of the 2008 Paralympics
  2. ^ "Silver for Francis Kompaon", Oceania Athletics Association, 15 September 2008
  3. ^ "Kompaon a champ on our national day", Post Courier, 16 September 2008
  4. ^ "Heath Francis: Triple Paralympic gold medallist", The Age, 16 September 2008
  5. ^ "Francis' medal for PNG the start of 'something special'", ABC Radio Australia, 18 September 2008
  6. ^ "Kompaon eyes 100m", Post Courier, 11 September 2008
  7. ^ Official list of flagbearers Archived 9 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine. on the website of the International Paralympic Committee
  8. ^ "Sponsors bid PNG farewell", Post Courier, 3 September 2008
  9. ^ "Preview of Island Athletes at the Paralympic Games", Oceania Athletics Association, 1 September 2008
  10. ^ "PNG senators 'thrilled' by Kompaon Paralympics silver", ABC Radio Australia, 18 September 2008
  11. ^ "Sir Michael boosts disabled sport, Kompoan (sic) gets performance bonus", ABC Radio Australia, 19 September 2008 Archived 19 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Kompoan (sic) heading to QLD's Griffith Univserity". ABC Radio Australia. 21 January 2009. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Harabe makes London Games", The National, 5 April 2012
  14. ^ "Paralympic athletes praise Cardiff for warm welcome", Your Cardiff, 23 August 2012
  15. ^ Results : men's 200m T46, official website
  16. ^ Results: men's 100m T46, official website
  17. ^ "Sport: PNG’s Kompaon misses out on medal in 100m final", Radio New Zealand International, 6 September 2012