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PNG's Udia delights crowd with gold effort

He beat Australia’s Francois Etoundi whose attempt to lift 165kg failed. He however succeeded in lifting 166kg.

Udia is now the champion of the 77 kilograms category in the men's weight lifting at the 2015 Pacific Games.

Scoring 302kg Udia also bagged gold for the overall category.

In snatch he took the silver medal while Australia won the gold and the bronze medals.

Ryan Pini hits the pool today

Pini will compete in the 50m backstroke alongside team mates Nathan Nades and Peter Pokawin.

Three other events will also take place.

The 100m freestyle, will see Anna - Lisa Mopio-Jane, Savannah Tkatchenko and Barbara Vali - Skelton compete.

In the 200m freestyle will see Sam Seghers, Stanford Kawale and Bobby Akunaii take the pool.

Weightlifting competion continues

Competition will be held at the PNG Power Dome (SJGS indoor complex) starting in few minutes.

The 69kg men's finals start proceeding.

PNG lifters participating are Nou Puka, Samuel Judah and Stalin.

People are still coming in the weightlifting venue, with security tight doing their check on all spectators, athletes and officials bags.

Games: 15 gold up for grabs today

In shooting, there will be two gold medals up for grabs in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event.

The women’s final takes place at 11:15 at the June Valley Shooting Range, with the men’s final following at 15:30.

There will be four gold medals awarded in Va’a (canoeing) in the men’s and women’s 1500m and 500m V6 events, which start at 12:00 at the Naval Base.

The women’s and men’s team table tennis finals will take place at the Caritas Technical Secondary School at East Boroko at 14:30 and 17:00.

PNG down Fiji in close encounter – Men’s Basketball

Just before full time, the score was 72-70 in favour of PNG.

But Fiji bounced back through a three pointer to narrow the margin, 73-72.

More pressure was put on PNG as the crowd went wild with seconds to go.

PNG rushed to score two more points though Apia Muri to take PNG home.

Outstanding play from Iakah Leahy and Allan Wright also contributed to PNG’s victory.

PNG led all throughout the game.

First quarter the score was 24-21, halftime score was 63-51 and third quarter score was 63-51.

Dika bounces back

After failing to lift a bar in the snatch, Toua hit the winning note with a first successful lift of 103kg, clearly claiming Gold when Australian lifter Erica Yamasaki failed her 103kg lift.

Toua lifted the 105kg and 110kg bar, and the home crowd went wild.


PNG trailing half time in women's basketball

Tahiti took the lead in the first quarter 21-15.

PNG struggled in the second quarter, going up against a strong defence from Tahiti.

Tahiti maintained their lead and were 20 points ahead at four minutes to full time.

Despite support from the home crowd that put a lot of pressure on the visitors, the Marca  Muri to  45-25.

Kiwi lifter in ‘cannibal’ controversy heads home

 New Zealand Olympic Committee spokesperson Ashley Abbott says they are disappointed as his comments were very inappropriate.

“The young man is very apologetic and he has apologised and is back home now,” she says.

Douglas Sekone-Fraser posted a picture, his ‘selfie’ and that of some traditional dancers on Instagram.

 Under his selfie he wrote:

Gearing ready for the opening ceremony #olydix #cannibals #png2015 #weightlifting #pacific games, #Papua New Guniea

Under the picture of traditional dancers he wrote:

Golden girl Dika fails in first event

The Commonwealth Games gold medalist started her bar weights at  80kg she dropped the two attempts and at the third attempt increased the bar by 1kg  to 81kg and failed.

Dika's third attempt made all the spectators go quiet and when she dropped the bar you could see the confusion on their faces.

Meanwhile, in the snatch event gold has been won by Australian Erika Yamasaki with a 82kg lift.

Dika will aim to bounce back in the clean and jerk (currently on).