Beo Ngirchongor advanced to the semifinals of the men’s 200-meter run after the qualifying heats in the athletics event of the XV Pacific Games at the Sir John Guise Sports Complex last Wednesday in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Ngirchongor ran in the second heat and submitted a time of 24.29 seconds to finish third and 11th overall. Only the Top 16 runners advance to the semis where the Top 8 moves on to the finals.
Orrin Pharmin, the other CNMI bet, was 21st overall and fourth in Heat 1 with a time of 25.87 seconds.
Ngirchongor, who won the 400m hurdles and 400m run in last year’s Micronesian Games in Pohnpeii, finished 15th out of 20 runners in the 400m run with a time of 54.57 seconds.
Only the Top 8 advances to the finals where the host nation swept the podium with Nelson Stone winning the gold in 47.56 seconds while Theo Pinian (48.08) and Kaminiel Matlann (48.43) settling for the silver and bronze, respectively.
Ngirchongor also ran in the 400m hurdles last Wednesday where he finished fourth in his heat with a time of 1:06.15. Only the Top 8 qualified to the finals.
Ngirchongor is best remembered for his record-breaking feat in last year’s Micro Games when he shattered the decade-old 400m run record of 53 seconds of CNMI Sports Hall of Famer Tony Ichiou when he clocked 52.80 seconds.
In beach volleyball, the Andrew Johnson and Clay McCullough-Stearns finished with a 1-4 record in Pool A.
The CNMI sand spikers opened with a 21-10, 21-8 loss to the hosts but bounced back with a 21-14, 23-21 win over Tuvalu on Monday. They dropped a heartbreaking 21-15, 16-21, 9-15 defeat at the hands of Vanuatu last Tuesday.
They closed out their campaign with consecutive defeats against Tonga, 11-21, 12-21, and defending champion Fiji, 14-21, 14-21, on Wednesday.
Results of the other events were not yet available at press time due to the slow Internet connection as repairs of IT&E’s submerged fiber optic cables have yet to start.