SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
Wallis and Futuna heat
FROM day one, we have been saying that it is very hot in Wallis and Futuna. And so the heat did take its toll on the athletes. One or two runners from the long distance races had to be either stretchered off the track midway in the race or after the race. Team Fiji doctor Vaigalo McCaig said athletes need to hydrate adequately when they knew they would be competing. He said they can't do anything about the heat so they should do something about their body.
PARA-sports athlete Luther Solomone was on cloud nine after winning a bronze medal in the men's 100m ambulant event at the Pacific Mini Games on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Rotuman could not stop dancing after receiving his medal. His coach Fred Fatiaki said he was really proud of his runner. Solomone will now have to wait and see if the Papua New Guinea 2015 Pacific Games includes 100m ambulant event in their schedule or no.
FASANOC is keeping their fingers crossed that they will be allowed to take part in the next Commonwealth Games despite being suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum. FASANOC boss Reginald Sanday says they have made an appeal to the Commonwealth to allow Fiji to participate in sports and carry out an assessment. The Forum still maintains Fiji's suspension despite election dates being set.
Vaivai wins three silver
Apolonia Vaivai grabbed three silver medals in the 75 kilogram plus category in weightlifting at the Kafika Hall in the Pacific Mini Games. She snatched 90 kilograms, lifted 108 kilograms in the clean and jerk making a total of 198 kilograms. She was edged by Samoa powerhouse Mary Opeloge. She was Fiji's last competitor in weightlifting.
Sili grabs second medal
Labasa boy Inia Sili ran a close race in the men's 1500m to grab his second medal of his maiden international meet. Sili grabbed silver to make up for the bronze in yesterday's 3000m steeplechase. Coach Maciu Koroitamana says after the performance of Sili and Ashneel Nand in the 5000m, he is considering entering the two in the half marathon today.
Jumpers win silver, bronze
WAISAKE Mateo Dausoko and Simione Isimeli claimed silver and bronze respectively in the men's long jump event yesterday at the Kafika Stadium. Dausoko jumped 7.71m while Isimeli leapt 6.98m. Fredric Erin of New Caledonia won the event with a jump of 7.29m. Dausoko pulled a hamstring in his last jump and had to be taken to the local hospital in Hahake to be treated. He returned to the athletics village in the afternoon.
Chung third in va'a
JOHNNY Chung settled for bronze in the V1 15km va'a competition at Gahi Bay in Wallis and Futuna on Wednesday. He came in with a time of 1hour 37 minutes and 37seconds. First was Isidore Tevaearai of Tahiti on 1 hour 22 minutes and three seconds while second was Penisio Talaua of the host country in a time of 1 hour 36 minutes and 20 seconds. Yesterday's competition was moved to today because of very low tide.
Wilson wins bronze in V1 500m
BENJAMIN Wilson contributed towards Fijis Pacific Mini Games medal tally by claiming a bronze medal in the men's V1 500m at Gahi Bay in Wallis and Futuna on Wednesday. Wilson, Fiji's 2013 sprints champion, clocked 7.45.44 in the heats to qualify for the final where he was up against the World Champions, Tahiti. Tahiti took out the event as expected and Wallis and Futuna finished second.