Gerega’s feat was achieved at last weekend’s Southern Region Athletics Championships in Port Moresby with a throw of 58.67m - eclipsing by 5cm the 26-year-old national record set by Albert Momberger in Port Moresby on 27 April, 1991.
Described by Throws coach Paul Bannister as being a ‘totally raw talent with a quick arm action and throwing off a short run up’, Gerega achieved the record on his fifth throw of a consistent series.
Bannister said the record throw was no fluke as Gerega had other throws of 53.52m, 54.72m and 52.02m.
Abau district delivered another shock in the men’s 100m with another unknown athlete, Doa Ora, edging Nelson Stone for silver in the men’s 100m in a wind assisted time of 10.6 seconds.
Hammer thrower, Jacklyn Travertz, also improved her 38.27m national record set at last year’s national championship in Lae with an improved mark of 39.04m.
Travertz and PNG’s top male thrower Debono Paraka were granted special dispensation to skip this weekend’s national championships in Goroka due to the better facilities for throwing in Port Moresby.
“These athletes don’t really have any competition in their events and its unreasonable to expect them to pay to travel to Goroka,” said Athletics PNG secretary, Philip Rehder.