SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
PARA-ATHLETE Jone Bogidrau failed to win a medal in the men's javelin event but his coach Fred Fatiaki was proud of his performance. The 28-year-old was the only amputee competing in the field of seven disabled athletes. His best throw in the event was 19.64m. Tony Falelavaki of Wallis and Futuna won the event with a throw of 54.37m.
Gold in sight
THE national women's volleyball side's hopes of winning gold at the Pacific Mini Games remain on track. This was after they defeated Nauru 3-0 last night. Coach Kenneth Lidise said the girls should not get their hopes too high because they were yet to play against tough opponents such as Samoa, New Caledonia and Tahiti.
The national va'a side completed its competition with four medals. In the V6 men's 30km marathon, the side brought in bronze, a bronze in the V6 1500m sprint by the men's while in the V1 500m sprints, Ben Wilson claimed bronze and Kelekele Lausi also won a bronze medal in the men's 15km marathon. As usual, Tahiti and Wallis and Futuna dominated the va'a competition at Gahi Wallis and Futuna.
THE husband and wife team of Shayne and Torika Brodie continue to lead in the Hobie 16 event in the sailing competition in Liku. The duo has seven points to their name while their closest opponents from New Caledonia have 17 points. The master and student pairing of Grahame Southwick and Apimeleki Tuicaucau are in fourth spot with 27 points.
The national men's beach volleyball side started its gold medal defence on a high note with a 2-0 win over Tonga yesterday. Fiji won the sets 22-20 and 21-18 respectively. The duo of Epeli Ratabacaca and Qilu Elliot is representing the side. They are defending the title that Waisale Suka and Aisake Raratabu won in the Cook Islands in 2009.