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Kaputin Wins Gold

  Rellie Kaputin won the first gold for Papua New Guinea in the Senior Girls Long Jump recording 5.95 metres in the 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship at the ANZ Stadium,
08 Jul 2016 12:27
Kaputin Wins Gold
From left: Annie Topal (bronze), Rellie Kaputin (gold) and Sesenieli Donu (silver). Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

 

Rellie Kaputin won the first gold for Papua New Guinea in the Senior Girls Long Jump recording 5.95 metres in the 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship at the ANZ Stadium, yesterday.

The 23-year-old from East New Britain said it was a huge boost for her as she has two more events to participate over the next two days.

“I am so excited and this is a huge boost for me,” she said.

“I look forward to taking part in the High Jump and Triple Jump on Saturday.

“My ultimate aim is to jump over six metres and I was pretty close to my personal best.”

Kaputin joined PNG Athletics in 2013 and had a full scholarship in the United States where she studied at the West Texas University.

While every athletes dream is to represent their country at the Olympic Games, Kaputin said her aim is to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“Right now I am not ready to compete in a stage like the Olympics. “I have a long way to go so this is only the start for me, the Melanesian Games is fitting because it has brought in athletes from around the region to compete and that in itself raises the competition level.

“So it has been a start to a good day and I hope that this will be the same for the next two days ahead.”

Meanwhile, Senior Girls Long Jump bronze winner Annie Topal who is also from East New Britain recorded 5.32 metres.

The 20-year-old who is part of the PNG Athletics development squad is happy with her achievement as she recorded a personal best.

“I am really happy because I did my personal best and really excited,” she said.

“My big goal coming here is to do a personal best which I have done but I have another event which is the Triple Jump and I hope to achieve a personal best in that as well.

“If I do well and achieve that, I would have accomplished my goals because I am currently in the PNG Athletics development squad and waiting for my scholarship to go to the United States and doing well here is really important for me.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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