With the 15th IAAF U20 World Championships due to start on Tuesday 19th July it’s time to preview the Oceania Athletes competing at the Championships.
Once again, Australia will have the biggest team from the region with 57 athletes (consisting of 31 Females and 26 Males).
New Zealand has selected 17 athletes (consisting of 10 Females and 7 Males).
We also have eight other Member Federations that will be competing and they include;
Cook Islands – James Kimiora Harry (Discus). His personal best is 47.89m which he set at the 2015 New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships in Timaru. At the Polynesian Championships this year he finished 2nd in the U18 Disucs with 46.12m.
French Polynesia – Raiarii Thompson (Shot Put). His personal best is 18.15m set on the 17th June in France. At the Polynesian Championships he finished 2nd in both the Open Men’s Discus and Javelin.
Guam – Christina Regner Francisco (400m Hurdles). Her Personal best is 1.04.00 set on the 29th April.
Northern Mariana Islands – Zari Sapong (100m). At the recent Micronesian Championships she won two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medal. She was named the top Female athlete at the Championships in Pohnepi.
Papua New Guinea – Ephraim Lerkin (400m Hurdles). His personal best is 53.39 which he ran at the PNG National Championships last month. The qualifying time for WU20 Champs is 53.20. At the Melanesian Championships Ephraim finished 2nd in the Open 400m Hurdles in 53.41 and was 5th in the Open 400m with 49.18.
Samoa – Nathaniel Sulupo (Discus). His personal best is 52.05m which he set at the Potts Classic in New Zeland in January. Nathaniel won the Athletics NZ U20 National title this season. Nathaniel also won the Polynesian Open Discus title earlier this year.
Tonga – Larry Sulunga (110m Hurdles). His personal best is 14.67 set at the Tongan National Championships in April. At the Melanesian Championships he competed in the Open Men 110m Hurldes (higher height than U20’s) and finished 2nd with 15.72.
Vanuatu – Dicki Mael (200m). His personal best is 21.40 seconds set in Port Vila earlier this year. Dicki recently competed at the Melanesian Championships in the 400m where he ran 50.31.
Australia – Full team list
New Zealand – Full team list
Oceania Athletics Association wishes all these athletes the best of luck for the Championships!