Athletes cautioned

Team Fiji's chef de mission to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Patrick Bower, sitting with glasses, with team officials during the weight-lifting event at the Gold Coast Carrara Sports & Leisure Centre. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

TEAM Fiji chef de mission to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Patrick Bower, is calling for caution from our athletes competing in the Gold Coast games.

The call came after weight-lifter Manueli Tulo dropped short in the final of the men’s 56 kilogram category at the Brisbane Convention Centre yesterday.

Bower said a technical fault by Tulo denied him a medal.

“It was a technical glitch on his part and it hurt everyone because we had banked on winning a medal, at least a silver,” Bower said.

“We inquired and the judge said he dropped the weight before the greenlight went on.

Tulo finished the competition in fourth place with a total lift of 239kg.

“We have asked the section managers to work closely with their teams and athletes to be careful because one small glitch can affect our medal chances.”

Team Fiji scored mixed results in the first round of games yesterday.

Boxer Jone Davule was beaten by Mauritius’ Louis Richarno in the men’s 64kg division.

Davule lost the three rounds with the judges scoring 9-10 in all rounds to Richarno.

Fiji’s next boxing match is Winston Hill against Lyndel Marcellin of Saint Lucia, an Eastern Caribbean island nation, on Saturday.

Squash also had a disappointing start as the men’s singles saw Stephen Henry losing 0-3 sets to Ian Rukunya of Uganda,

Sailesh Pala lost 0-3 to Wales’ Joel Makin and Romit Parshottanm lost 0-3 to Sri Lanka’s Ravindu Laksiri.

Litia Tikoisuva started well in the first round with a win over Niue’s Pau Blumsky 21-9 in lawn bowls, but lost 19-20 to Emma Firyana Saroji in her second match.

Swimming started with Paul Elaisa winning his 50 metre men’s butterfly heat with a time of 26.94 seconds, Epeli Rabua Herbert finished fourth in the 50m men’s butterfly heat with a time of 26.33secs, while Matelita Buadromo finished at the tail-end in her 100m butterfly heat with a time of 1.04.03 seconds.

The Fiji Pearls also lost 30-88 to Jamaica.

“It is the first day and in the first round of matches we had mixed results. Overall performance was satisfactory and we will keep on trying,” Bower said.

The games continue today.