Pacific Games

Pini breaks record in heats

Pini clocked in fastest with 23.21seconds breaking his previous record of 24.01 seconds in the 50m freestyle.

Samuel Seghers also clocked in fastest in heat 2 of 4 in the Men's 50m freestyle.

Seghers clocked in 23.55 seconds beating his previous time of 24 seconds.

PNG beat Solomon Islands 22-7

Rew scored the first points of the game to get the crowd up on their feet roaring as he shrugged off several defenders to score.

The Solomon Islanders responded straight away via Solly Seuika to score out wide.

A successful conversion put his team in front.

Some razzle dazzle rugby saw Rew grab his second score of the match right after the half time siren sounded. With the kick in, the score was 12-7 at the break.

The second half belonged to PNG as two more tries went to Arthur Clement and Butler Morris just on full time.

Tokelau's only Pacific Games athlete ready

The country's sports federation says its lack of representation is down to it not having had enough time to prepare for the games, and its athletes not being available.

Tokelau's national legal advisor Lise Suveinakama says the blunder will prove a valuable lesson for the nation, which has a population of about 1400.

Big day for New Caledonia in pool


New Caledonia are second and Samoa and Fiji equal third on the overall medal count.

Ryan Pini's third gold medal was the pick of the home performances on a day where Para athletes and a host of smaller nations had their moment in the spotlight.

New Caledonia women dominate Day 3 swimming

Fast swimmer Lara Grangeon set another new record in the 400m freestyle of 4:20:40 sec,  taking out gold.

The previous record was 4:28:32 sec that was also set by Lara. This was the 19th record set in this Pacific Games.

Charlotte Robin got the bronze in the 400m freestyle after clocking in at 4:41:97 sec behind silver medalist Matelita Buadromo of Fiji.

Another Games record of 1:03:50 sec in the 100m backstroke was broken by Emma Terebo of New Caledonia. Emma set a new record of 1:02:60 in this event to win gold.

Savannah Tkatchenko gets 2nd medal from father

Savannah took out bronze in the 50m breaststroke tonight clocking in at 34.60 sec.

New Caledonia's Adeline Williams got gold clock with a  32.61 sec time  and Pilar Shimiziu of Guam got silver with a time of 33.35 sec.

Savannah also grabbed bronze in the 100m breaststroke yesterday.

She was presented with her medal by her father PNG Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

PNG walk over Guam with 53-0 belting

PNG'S William Rew started the avalanche of tries in the first minute of play.

From then on, it was all one sided traffic as first half tries went to Jordan Tkatchenko, Hensley Peter and Henry Kalua.

PNG went to the break with a 27-0 lead.

The second half only got worse for the Guam team gave away possession through poor ball handling and penalties.

The try scoring fest continued as Stanis Susuve, Tisa Kautu Eugene Tokavai scored more points.

Peter also grabbed his second for the game.

PNG beats Tahiti in close encounter

With Tahiti ahead throughout the match, PNG bounced back in the final quarter thanks to Gabriel Elavo’s five three point shots helping PNG up with 15 points.

Tahiti took the lead in the first quarter 20-13 with the help of captain Ariitimarau Meuel and Rahitiarii Teriierooiteral and maintained their lead in the second quarter 36-34.

With their home crowd behind them, PNG pushed their way through the third quarter but were still trailing by three points as they tried to close the gap 57-54.

Nauruan wins 3 gold in one division

Itte Detenamo from the tiny Pacific Island of Nauru, won the three gold medals on offer in the +105kg division.

The super heavyweight division ended the weightlifting competition of the XV Pacific Games.

Detenamo has now won that weight division for the third consecutive time.

The Nauruan won the snatch with a weight of 167kg, clean and jerk lift of 203kg and the overall total of 370kg.

The snatch category silver  medal went to Lauititi Lui of Samoa with a lift of 160kg and Andrius Barakauskas of New Zealand won bronze lifting the bar at 145kg.

Our men's 7s double Tahiti score

PNG's Tisa Kautu scored the first try for the game.

Tahiti gained good possession and scored out wide to catch up. An unsuccessful conversion left the score at 7-5 with PNG in the lead.

PNG'S William Rew got out into a gap on the halfway line and raced away, shrugging off defenders to score under the posts.

Just before half time, Tahiti hit the same wing again and were successful,  leaving the half time score at 14-12.

But it was PNG's victory with two more tries in the second half to set up a convincing win.