Pacific Games - Karate

Nigel Bana wins first gold in karate for PNG

The 23 year old defeated Sandip Pala of Fiji to take out the title in the men individual kumite -60kg event.

Bana was too strong for the Fijian, going for the upper kick during the three minutes battle to take him down 8-0.

Stephen Manaruru of Vanuatu and Emmanuel Faure of New Caledonia each got bronze.

Bana was humbled by the win and said a lot of sacrifices had paid off. He had to leave school studying science at the University of PNG this year to undergoing training for this event.