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Day two successful day for Team Cook Islands

Tuesday July 09, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Some members of the Cook Islands team after claiming the bronze medal in league Nines last night. 19070833 Some members of the Cook Islands team after claiming the bronze medal in league Nines last night. 19070833

DAY two of the Pacific Games was yet another successful one for Team Cook Islands. Records were broken and medals were won as athletes competed in several sports throughout the day.

It all began with swimmer Wesley Roberts breaking the national men's 50m butterfly record. Roberts placed second in his heat with a time of 25.77 seconds. He competed in the finals later in the day, placing fourth and just missing out on a medal. Roberts beat his own record in the final, improving his time to 24.97s.

In tennis, the women's team comprised of Tamara Anderson and Ruby Pierre went down to Papua New Guinea three matches to nil. The pair will play hosts Samoa later this afternoon.

It was a successful day for the va'a team, with Ioana Turia winning her heat in the V1 500m women's competition. She progresses directly to finals which will be held this morning.

 In the men's V1 500m, Andre Tutaka-George placed first in his heat and progresses directly to today's final. The women's V6 500m team also won their heat, going directly to the finals.

In sailing, kiteboarder Brynn Acherson is currently sitting in third place, with ten races remaining. Acherson placed third in his first two races and fourth in his last race of the day.

However, the day belonged to the rugby league Nines teams. The men finished in fifth place, after beating Solomon Islands in their final match of the tournament. The women's team were unlucky to miss the gold medal final but managed to secure a bronze against hosts Samoa.

There are several teams and athletes competing today. Team Cook Islands is likely to improve its standing on the medal tally, with a number of athletes set to compete in the va'a finals.

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