Gold Medal

Vanuatu runner socks it to the competition by winning gold without shoes

Kuras secured victory in one hour 29 minutes and 55 seconds in Apia, 15 seconds ahead of Solomon Islands' Dianah Matekali - who was wearing shoes.

After the race, the 20-year-old champion told the Pacific Games News Service: “Yes, I won it with only socks on.

“Wearing socks is a personal decision that I made because I had never run with shoes on before, so I didn’t feel comfortable running in shoes at these Games.

"When I tried the shoes on, my feet felt too heavy and I didn’t like it.”

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."

Golden start for Vanuatu table tennis

A tearful Stephanie Qwea from Team Vanuatu said: “It means a lot to me, and it’s a privilege that we won gold in the team events, I’m just so happy.”

Fiji had to settle for silver, and their coach Chanung Jung said they “will train harder” in future.

New Caledonia beat Tahiti in the bronze medal match.

Following a high energy bout of matches in the men’s team event, Tahiti walked away with gold, defeating New Caledonia 3-1.

Fiji took home bronze after defeating Vanuatu.

Joy for Vanuatu table tennis father as children win gold

On Wednesday night Mr Lulu was in attendance at Korman Stadium to cheer on daughter Anolyn and son Ham to their country’s first gold medals in the women’s and men’s team event at the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

“As a dad, I am very proud to see my kids play in the Mini Games,” he told the Vanuatu 2017 Games News Service.

“I have never seen them play in a competition like this because normally they play overseas. I had only heard their news from the radio or read it in the newspaper, and I had only seen them during training.

Vanuatu, Fiji win gold at Hockey 5s

Vanuatu thrashed the Samoan men 11-1, with captain Hiro Namu bagging five goals, while Lora Bukalidi scored twice as Fiji ran out comfortable 5-1 winners.

Solomon Islands outclassed Tonga 6-1 in the men's bronze medal match, John Levo and Jason Ifua scoring two goals apiece.

The Solomons also claimed bronze in the women's competition, with Jeremy Ghailobo collecting five goals as the Melanesians beat the Kingdom 7-2.

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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SAME GOLD STOREY

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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