5 Sep 2013

Sport: Pacific sprint stars deliver at Mini Games

7:52 am on 5 September 2013

The favourites have delivered the goods in the final of the men's and women's 100m at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.

Papua New Guinea's Oceania and Pacific Games champion Toea Wisil crossed the line in 11.68 seconds to win gold, less than half an hour after running second in the final of the 400m.

Younis Bese from Fiji was second, while bronze medallist Lovelite Detenamo of Nauru, and fifth-placed Patricia Taea from the Cook Islands both set new national records.

The men's final also went to script with Fiji's Banuve Tabakaucoro celebrating his 21st birthday with a new Mini Games record of 10.33 seconds.

"A year older, a year wiser, a year stronger and a year faster. I've had so many supporters in Fiji - you know they've been really supporting me - especially my parents and my family and my friends. All the credit goes back to them as well."

Fiji also came home third and fifth in the men's final, with Kupun Wisil from PNG adding a silver medal to the family haul.