Pacific Games

Second personal best, just as predicted by Furgeson

Those are the words of a self-assured individual less than twenty-four hours prior to her Women’s 100m Freestyle race.

The race Colleen Furgeson was referring to was during the recent Pacific Games in Port Moresby, in which she recorded a time of 1 minute 06.19 seconds, which she deemed unsatisfactory. The Kwajalein born athlete relished another chance in the pool only a few weeks after her last attempt.

Her final race in the 16th FINA World Championships, in Kazan, gave her this opportunity.

Tonga Govt says committed to running Games

In a statement he says there has been confusion and doubt as to whether Tonga would go ahead with the event.

But the prime minister says while it is the utmost challenge for the government it will do its best to seek financial assistance from its donor and development partners.

Mr Pohiva says the government is convinced of the benefits of hosting the games, not only in upgrading venues but the benefits to the economy.

Doubts over Tonga hosting the Pacific Games in 2019

This was raised at a meeting in the village of Houma attended by Tongatapu Constituency 6 People’s Representative and Minister of Public Enterprise, Poasi Tei.

At the meeting, Viliami Halatoa of Houma said Tonga was not ready to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

In response, the Minister said Government supports the hosting of the Games and has set aside TOP$1 million to the Ministry of Sports to establish a sports academy in preparation for the Games in four years’ time.

ONOC believes Agenda 2020 will help future Games organisers

Dr Mitchell, an IOC member himself says the recently approved Agenda 2020 has been adopted by 2020 Olympic Games hosts Japan.  

“I was recently in Tokyo for the Coordination Committee meeting and Tokyo has very quickly taken on board the recommendations of the IOC which resulted in them saving 1.3 billion dollars already in venue preparation.”

PM: we made right move on Games

He said while the road to the Games was not easy it was a very good decision.

“Last night we thanked the best athletes of our region for their outstanding performances over two weeks of competition,” PM O’Neill said.

“We saw the best of our athletes and Papua New Guinea won our home games.

“People around the nation are filled with pride and a heightened sense of national unity.

“In the fortieth anniversary of our country as a state, the outcome of the Games is a wonderful achievement.

PNG’s men’s boxers punch their way to six gold medals

The biggest cheers of the night belonged to PNG’s Jonathan Keama in the men’s middleweight division.

Keama brought roars of joy from the crowd when he beat his Tahitian opponent Tautuarii Nena by a technical knockout in the second round.

PNG’s other five gold medals came from Charles Keama in light fly, Lui Magaiva in the fly, Henry Uming in bantam, Thadius Katua in light and Tom Boga in light welter.

PNG through to gold medal play off in men’s cricket

Opener Riley Hekure was the star with his knock of 115 off 64 balls.

Hekure smashed 10 fours and 6 sixes for PNG to set the target at 176.

PNG misses out on bronze in women’s volleyball

They went down to New Caledonia 3-1 at the BSP Arena today.

New Caledonia grabbed the first set in a close encounter 25-18.

PNG played hard but were over confident losing again in the second set 25-21.

15 year old wins gold in women’s steeplechase

Papua New Guinea finished first and second, ahead of the 2011 gold medallist from French Polynesia (Tahiti).

The Chimbu lass won her race in 11:26.51 seconds, while experienced distance runner from PNG, Poro Gahekave came second (11:31.66s) and Tahitian, Heiata Brinkfield clocked 12:01:09s finished third.

In 2011, PNG did not win any medals in this event.

Meanwhile in the field events yesterday, PNG made a clean sweep of medals in the women’s long jump event.

Vanuatu women get hockey bronze

While there was opportunity for more goals for Vanuatu, Tongan goal keeper Mateaki Taufa was her side’s saving grace, keeping a vigilant watch at the goal mouth and holding Vanuatu to a 4 point win.

Both sides drew one all after the first period.