Wallis and Futuna celebrate gold in men's javelin

Despite throwing four out of six foul throws at Apia Park Stadium, Vahai Sosaia’s two successful throws were comfortably the furthest of the session and he secured gold with a best effort of 62.41 metres.

Samoa’s Laurence Faapoi Tasi came second throwing 53.53m, and Papua New Guinea’s Lakona Gerega collected bronze, throwing 52.72m.

“I’m very emotional to get first place and very happy for today,” he told the Pacific Games News Service. “It has being a lot of hard work getting into the Pacific Games and it’s a reward for all the hard work along the way.”

New records set

She improved by 50cm from the previous record set by Iammo Launa in Port Moresby in 2001.

Toako had signalled her intentions the previous week with a throw of 46.89m and now has her sights set on throwing over 50m.

This makes Sharon a contender for the Pacific Games Gold next year said APNG President Tony Green, as she was only a metre behind New Caledonia’s Linda Selui in winning silver at the recent Mini Games in Vanuatu.

Meantime, National Records were broken in ten different field events by PNG’s athletes last year, six for the men and four for women.