Kari extends PNG’s lead on day 3
PORT VILA: Weightlifter, Steven Kari lifted a massive 350kg to extend Team PNG’s lead on the Van2017 medal tally as the sport held its last competition in the Games today.
He dominated the 94kg division despite strong opposition from Samoa, Australia and Wallis & Futuna.
Kari won gold in the snatch with 155kg and 195kg in the Clean & Jerk and also for his total lift of 350kg. Kari’s three medals extends Team PNG’s lead to 14 gold and four silver medals.
PNG’s last competitor in weightlifting was Lorraine Harry who competed in the women’s 90kg division. Facing a tough field of competitors, Harry stood strong to claim three silver medals, one in the snatch (84kg), clean & Jerk (107kg) and for the total (191kg). The gold was one by Eileen Cikamatana of Fiji who also set a new Commonwealth Record in the 90kg division.
Meanwhile, in the women’s Beach Volleyball the Emily Bae and Michelle Walo dug deep as they faced strong challenge from Fiji in the Oceania qualifying matches for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Despite winning the first set, the Fijians were too strong for the PNG girls and came back to beat them with a two point difference in the two remaining sets to win and secure their spot in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
“This event has been an eye opener for us. We just have to work on our weakness going forward, and we are looking forward to the Pacific Mini Games competition next week,” Bae said.
The Oceania qualifiers for both men and women were held over the last three days under the hospice of the Xth Pacific Mini Games and will end this weekend with the finals to determine placings.
The beach volleyball competition for the Pacific Mini Games will commence next week at the same venue, Korman stadium.
“We had a great game against Fiji, we gave our best and feel good about it despite losing the match. Overall it was a very tough game as they wanted the win just as much as we did,” Walo said.
In the men’s game the PNG’s Moha Mea and Richard Kilarupa finished their day on a positive note after winning two sets nil against Tuvalu to earn a spot in the semi-final tomorrow (Friday 7th December).
For the women’s singles competition in table tennis, Loa Mabel Chris lost all three of her matches against Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia as while team mate, Idau Chris won two of her three matches. Idau’s only loss came from Fiji, and is now in second place in her pool.
In the men’s competition, Geoffrey Loi was too good for New Caledonia’s number one seed stopping him in good style to top his pool and advance to the main draw. Loi further extended his lead in the pool after beating Wallis & Futuna to advance to the semi-finals where he will wait for the winner of the knock outs.
In Para-Table Tennis athlete, Vero Nime has beaten Vanuatu to advance to tomorrow’s (Friday 8th, December) play off which will decide if she advances to the Gold medal play-off.
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