Despite drizzling conditions during the heats, the home crowd stood behind team PNG swimmers all the way.PNG’s Golden boy Ryan Pini, Samuel Seghers, Tkatchnoko sisters Savannah and Ebony and Tegan McCarthy qualified in their respective heats.Pini clocked fastest in the men’s 50m freestyle breaking another record with 23.21 seconds while Samuel Seghers finished fifth in the same hit behind Tahiti, Fiji and New Caledonia.He also qualified for the men’s 100m backstroke ahead of Tahiti on 58.94 seconds.Savannah Tkatchenko put up a strong fight against New Caledonian pool queen Lara Grangeon finishing 4th overall in the Women’s 200m medley.She clocked in 2 minutes, 24 seconds while her younger sister Ebony Tkatchenko finished sixth overall with 2 minutes, 41 seconds.Tegan McCarthy finished fourth in Women’s 100m butterfly on 1 minute, 8 seconds.She finished behind New Caledonia’s Lara Grangeon and Fiji’s Adi Kinisimere Naivulu and Tieri Erasito.The finals commence at 6 this evening.Pic 1: Savannah Tkatchenko and New Caledonia’s Lara Grangeon take the pool in a close encounter.Pic 2: Pini finish 1st in the Men’s 100m backstroke well ahead of Tahiti with strong support from the crowd.
0Shares0000New Arsenal manager Unai Emery is yet to pick a win in the Premier LeagueLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 23 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists he has the upmost respect for Jack Wilshere’s ability and expects the midfielder will receive a warm welcome when he returns with West Ham on Saturday.Wilshere, 26, spent 17 years with the Gunners, 10 with the first team. But despite prolonged negotiations, the England international couldn’t come to an agreement on a new deal with Arsenal before leaving as a free agent.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” said Emery on Wednesday.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future. It’s for that, on Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also.“I think there is a good reception for him here.”Both sides will be searching for their first points of the season at the Emirates after difficult starts for Emery and new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.Emery has been criticised for a lack of pragmatism in trying to implement a patient, passing approach from the back straight away in defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.But the Spaniard insists he will continue with the style and is desperate to get off the mark this weekend.“In our process, we are going 38 matches against all the teams. Whether you are playing against Manchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham,” added Emery.“It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically. After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.”A loss at home to Bournemouth last weekend punctured the optimism around West Ham’s summer overhaul when the club spent nearly £100 million on nine players following Pellegrini’s appointment.However, the Argentine believes the Hammers also need a change of mentality to improve results this season.“When we conceded, we had a lot of fear about losing the game,” said Pellegrini after his side surrendered a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 to Bournemouth.“I have said before that we have to change that and I think that will improve.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)