Gold Medal

Tonga wins first tennis gold at Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

The Tongan fans at Apia Park tennis courts was so vocal in their support that the referee had to remind them to quieten until after points were finished.

They erupted as the Tonga brothers Semisi and Matavano Fanguna won the final point, beating Northern Mariana Islands 6-4, 6-4.

Semisi Fanguna was completely overcome, leaving his beaming brother to comment.

“I’m so happy. Now I can breathe! All our hard work paid off.”

NZ win first gold medals at Pacific Games

The Auckland teenager snatched 94kg and clean and jerked 112kg for a 206kg total, to win all three gold medals in the women's 76kg division.

It really does mean a lot because it just shows that all my hard work is paying off, at the end of the day, and I'm just very pleased with myself and all of my team members."

Tonga wins gold in shot put

Tonga’s Ata Maama Tuutafaiva secured the gold medal while New Caledonia’s Ashley Bologna grabbed the silver.

Cook Island’s Tereapii Tapoki picked up the bronze medal.

Tuutafaiva collected the gold with a throw of 14.95 metres.

New Caledonia with a 14.53 metre and Cook Islands with a 12.75 metres throw.

Speaking to the Van2017 News Service, Tuutafaiva said she was very happy of winning a gold medal for her country.

“This is my first time to win a gold medal in a Mini-games. And I am very proud and happy for it,” she said.

Bolt loses perfect record as teammate tests positive

Carter was found to have taken the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed this morning, meaning Jamaica's 4x100 metres relay team must give back their gold medals.

Bolt is considered one of the greatest sprinters of all time, having won an unprecedented treble of consecutive golds in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay in three straight Olympics.

Rio Recap: Storey creates history, Brazil start with gold

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Storey is now Britain's most decorated female Paralympian after once again demonstrating her prowess in the velodrome to secure victory in the C5 3000 metre individual pursuit final.

The 38-year-old caught compatriot Crystal Lane before the scheduled halfway point of the race. In addition to her 12 golds, four of which were secured at London 2012, Storey also boasts eight silver and three bronze medals.

NZ wins first gold at Rio Paralympics

The Dunedin 18-year-old sat in the minor placing through her first five rounds before recording a distance of 5.62 metres with her last jump in the T47 category.

It was her third personal best of the day and took her ahead of a Cuban athlete.

The last medal New Zealand won in Paralympic field events for women was a bronze in the Long Jump B3 from Leslie Mancktelow in 1988 and New Zealand's first Para-athletic medal since 2004 when Peter Martin won two golds and a bronze medal at the Athens Games in 2004.

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