Team Melanesia won the 2023 Oceania Athletics Oceania Cup Competition in Saipan, Northern Mariana.

Lone Vanuatu representative in team Melanesia, Chloe David, won silver in the women’s 100m invitational, second in the 100m Oceania Cup, bronze in the 200m Oceania Cup and second in the 4x100m relay.

Melanesia collected total points of 273 points, Polynesia 196, Australia 190, Micronesia 163, and Northern Marianas collected 138 points.

Team Melanesia dominated the competition from day one without all the main contenders taking the opportunity for an extra run, the early favorites would appear to be Pais Wisil (Melanesia – PNG) and Johnny Keys (Polynesia – Samoa). Pais is the third of the well-known PNG family with sister Toea and brother Kupun already having made their mark on Pacific Island Athletics.

In the Women’s Invitational, Adrine Monagi (Melanesia – PNG) was a comfortable winner.

The first points in the Cup for women went to Micronesia where Regine Tugade-Watson won the 100m in 12.06 (-2.4) from Leonie Beu (Melanesia) who ran 12.39 (-2.1), and Charlotte Banks (Australia) in 12.51 (-2.4).

Leonie Beu bounced back to win the 400m for Melanesia with a time of 55.70 from Australia’s Alice Dixon (55.96).

The 1500m was a fierce race between the two Australians who came first – Lily Mather (4:42.11) and second – Nyree Hamilton (4:42.57) and Scholastica Herman from Melanesia in third (4:52.47).

Adrine Monagi (Melanesia) was a comfortable winner of the 100m Hurdles in 14.46 (-1.2). Melanesia continued on its winning way with Edna Boafob winning the High Jump (1.55m) and Rellie Kaputin winning the Triple Jump in 11.65m (+0.5).

In the Women’s throws big winners were Emma Berg (Australia) in the Shot Put (15.26m) and Alexandra Morgan (Polynesia) in the Discus (50.96m).

In the Men’s events, the 100m was full of top-quality performances with the winner being Melanesia’s Lerory Kamau (10.65 – with a wind reading of -2.1 meters per second). Melanesia’s Pais Wisil was next with a time of -1.7 mps, and Johnny Keys from Polynesia in 10.84 (-1.7 mps).

The 400m was won by Australia’s Daniel Blest (47.68) from Adolf Kauba (48.01) and Daniel Baul (48.15) with both coming from Team Melanesia.

Hurdle specialist, Kolone Alefosio (Polynesia) showed his class in the 110m Hurdles (15.20 with a wind reading of -2.3 mps) finishing ahead of Melanesia’s Decathlete, Karo Iga (16.09).