BY ROMULUS HUTA
SOLOMON Islands young javelin thrower will be in action this morning in the Melanesian Athletics Championship in Vanuatu.
Hailed from Taumako in Temotu Province, Jimmy Kumuhula Tetonga is the lone field athlete rep for the country at the event and will compete in the senior men’s javelin event at the Korman Stadium in Port Vila.
He will go against nine other opponents which is dominated by six throwers from host nation Vanuatu. Others are from Wallis and Futuna and the Regional Australian Territory (RAT).
This is the first time in as many years Solomon Islands is being represented in the field event at any international competition.
Apart from the javelin competition, he also competed in the senior men’s discuss event yesterday.
Battling among 10 competitors, he finished sixth in the one-off medal event coming off with a 29.26m distance score.
Tomasi Petelo Toto of New Caledonia won the gold medal in the event with his 38.59m mark.
Men Javelin Senior Competitors:
Jack Nasawa (Vanuatu), Jean Junior Mafoa (Wallis), Jimmy Kumuhula Tetonga (Solomon Islands), Sililo Kivalu (Wallis), Marcel Kalotiti (Vanuatu B), Manuel Kaltapas (Vanuatu B), Faitally Tom (Vanuatu B), Saxon Ward (Australia), Ghislain Weto (Vanuatu) and Bosco Laupas (Vanuatu B).