Action from the Catholic Sports.
EASY TO GET POINTS !
This annual inter-parish competition had to be postponed from its normal date in August due to the priority given to the staging of the biennial Inter-Island Championships. Since the I-Kiribati community is largely Christian and more than 50% Catholic, there was high participation in this multi-sport event. To help their parish teams, a number of the top athletes gave their time and effort last Wednesday - a very HOT day ! Mostly they did not have to be at their best to win and get good points. Whether this was a good part of their preparation for OAA and the Grand Prix is debatable, but once asked their assistance was inevitable !
In order to ensure its completion in the limited time-frame, the programme was limited. A summary of the results is below. A number of lesser-known athletes also featured - a good competitive opportunity for them. In 100m., 200m., and 400m., there were two races of four athletes, for male and for female. Even though she is no longer training seriously for Athletics, Kaitinano showed her all-round quality. Her sprinting plus the Men's Shot were the only results to be included in the KAA Rankings.
100m. (Women) 1. Kaitinano Mwemweata. 14.1 / 2. Rebeta Mackenzie. 14.8
(Men) 1. Tim Natua. 11.9 / 2. Iotebwa. 11.9
200m. (Women) 1. Kaitinano. 29.3 / Lilly Pine. 31.1 / 3. Mira Taurannang. 31.2
(Men) 1. Tim Natua. 24.8
400m. (Women) 1. Kaitiinano. 1-15.8
(Men) 1. Beteru Ateri. 59.9 / Kaboka Favae 60.0
4 x 100m. (Women) 1. Betio 59.4
(Men) 1. Betio 49.2
4 x 400m. (Women) 1. Betio 5-23.8 / Bikenibeu 5-51.9
(Men) 1. Betio 4-20.4 / Taborio 4-34.7
Shot Putt. (Women) 1. Kaitinano. 7.77m. / 2. Beiataake. 7.30m.
(Men) 1. Taake. 12.05m. / 2. Atantarawa. 11.50m.
Long Jump. (Women) 1. Kaitinano. 4.24m.
(Men) 1. Beteru. 5.27m.