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Fijian swimmers progress to next round in PNG

July 6, 2015 12:59 am

Fijian swimmers, William Clarke and Gordon Thompson have qualified for the next round in the men’s 50 metres backstroke at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

This as the two finished second and third respectively in their heats behind Papua New Guinea’s Ryan Pini. Clarke clocked 27.76 second and Thompson managed 28.37 sec.

Veteran Carl Probert failed to make the next round as he finished fourth in his heat.

In the women’s, Caroline Puamau clocked the fastest time in the heats of the 100m freestyle in a time of 59.33sec. Matelita Buadromo clocked 59.36secs and will also feature in the next round.

The two will be joined by Cheyenne Rova, who clocked 59.95sec.

Meanwhile, Day four of the 2015 Pacific Games is underway in Papua New Guinea with Team Fiji in action in most of the sports being played today.

The Fiji women are playing the Cook Islands in the cricket competition, while this hour, the Fijian men are taking on American Samoa in basketball.

At 4pm, the Fiji women take on the Solomon Islands in basketball, while at 5pm, the national women’s football side plays PNG.

Weightlifting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Va’a canoeing, Tennis, Shooting and Squash also has Fiji taking part.

Looking at the unofficial medal tally, PNG is on top with six gold medals and a silver, while Fiji is second with three gold, one silver and five bronze medals.
27 gold medals are on offer in five sports today.

In shooting, there will be two gold medals up for grabs in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event.

There will be four gold medals awarded in Va’a in the men’s and women’s 1500m and 500m V6 events.

Another four titles are up for grabs in weightlifting as the women’s 58kg, women’s 63kg, men’s 69kg and men’s 77kg categories are decided. With three gold medals for each category – in clean and jerk, snatch and total – it means a total of 12 golds will be won.

The women’s and men’s team table tennis finals will take place this afternoon and the swimmers will be vying for seven gold medals in the pool.