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ATHLETICS Fiji had a good Pacific Games experience in Papua New Guinea after winning seven gold medals, the icing on the cake when the women’s 4x100m team won the last gold medal on offer.

Athletics Fiji president Joe Rodan said this Pacific Games was used to test the potential of the young athletes.

“It is an investment which we will start reaping benefits in the next four years. Most of the athletes are young and will grow in the next four years,” he said.

“This I believe was a good outing. We have done better than New Caledonia.”

In Noumea 2011, Fiji had only five athletics gold medals and all from the men, this year the women have contributed to two.

Athletics head coach Albert Miller said it was a very satisfactory performance.

“Most of the athletes were injured but we did what we could.

“I am happy with the way things have turned out. Above all it was a good learning experience,” Miller said.

Banuve Tabakaucoro stood out with two gold medals and two silver and a games record in the 200m sprints.

Milika Tuivanuavou managed a gold medal in the shot put and a silver medal in the triple jump while Younis Bese had one gold medal and two silver medals to her name.

* Pacific Games coverage courtesy of BSP

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