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Notable doubles highlight Oceania champs in Cairns

Several notable double victories highlighted the three-day Oceania Athletics Championships (23-25) in Cairns, Australia, which concluded on Saturday.

Australian Jeremy Roff notched a middle distance double, winning the 800m on Friday in 1:51.60 and the 1500m on Saturday, clocking 3:41.91. The latter was a championships record for the 2006 Commonwealth Games finalist.

On the women's side, Salome Dell of Papua New Guinea, the national 400m record holder, duplicated Roff's double, winning the 800 in 2:07.55 and the 1500m in 4:38.58.

In the women's sprints, Toea Wisil of Papua New Guinea notched victories in the 100m and 200m in 11.85 and 23.63w (+2.6), respectively, winning both by comfortable margins. She also ran the second leg on the victorious 4x100m squad and added a fourth place finish in the 400m.

Australian Sean Wroe, a bronze medallist in the 4x400m relay at the 2009 World Championships, dominated the men's 400m, winning by nearly half a second in 46.62 over Nelson Stone of Papua New Guinea, who clocked 47.06. Stone also reached the podium in two other events, winning the 200m with a 21.09 national record and taking third in the 100m (10.61). Suryo Agung Wibowo of Indonesia won the 100m in 10.52.

Frédéric Erin of New Caledonia produced the only double victory on the infield. The 30-year-old won the Long Jump on the opening day of competition with a wind-assisted 7.70m leap, and bounced back to win the Triple Jump on Saturday with a 15.45m effort.
Elsewhere, 20-year-old Josh Hall of Australia won the High Jump with a 2.20m leap, his compatriot Scott Martin took the Shot Put title with a 19.55m toss, and Beatrice Faumuina of New Zealand, the 1997 World champion in the Discus Throw, won her specialty with a 58.32m throw.

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