Thursday, 24 September 2009 8:45 AM

Votu and Babalu Scoop Gold

Veteran distance runner Chris Votu has done what he said he would do, win a Gold medal for the Solomon Islands in the 3000 steeple chase event.

He did it in style, with a time of 10:07 minutes 43 seconds he outpaced fellow competitors from Tahiti wining comfortably. Votu's Gold will add to his already impressive array of medals.

The talk of the games however is the win by young Betty Babalu. Unfazed by the event and the huge crowd watching on, Babalu took to the field barefooted clinching the women's 5000 metres title at the BCI Stadium. The young 12 year old primary school student clocked 20 minutes 10.29 seconds to beat Fijian Sereima Liku.

Liku, who managed to clock in 20m 10.67s, gave away her lead just five metres away from the mark.

Babalu showed guts and sheer determination when she made an emphatic comeback in the last five metres to clinch the Gold.

"This is unbelievable...I'm really excited and my dreams came true today," Babalu said after the race.

"Now I have realised that I have potential in me to compete in such big events. This win has given me a big challenge - and that is to maintain this title."

The bronze medal went to New Caledonia's Anne Ioneba. She clocked a time of 20 min 20.63.

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