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Styling it in gold

Thursday July 11, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Swimmer Wesley Roberts (pictured) has claimed the nation's first gold medal at the Pacific Games, currently being held in Samoa. Swimmer Wesley Roberts (pictured) has claimed the nation's first gold medal at the Pacific Games, currently being held in Samoa.

Swimmer Wesley Roberts (pictured) has claimed the nation's first gold medal at the Pacific Games, currently being held in Samoa.

 

Roberts finished first in the final of the men's 200 metres freestyle event, held at the Samoa Aquatic Centre in Vaitele, with a time of 1:51.36 minutes. The time is just short of a new Cook Islands national record, which Roberts currently holds with a time of 1:49.35 min.

All eyes were on the 22-year-old as the swimmers took their marks. Roberts claimed the top seed ahead of the final. He had a good start and maintained the lead, although there was a tough challenge from Rahiti De Vos of Tahiti, who eventually finished two seconds behind the Cook Islander.

Roberts, a proud Atiuan, competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janiero, where he swam in the men's 1500m freestyle event.

With his win here in Samoa, he now qualifies for the Olympics once again and is set to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

Roberts will look to continue his medal haul at the games, as he is still yet to compete in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m freestyle events. He narrowly missed out on a medal in the men's 50m butterfly event earlier.

Meanwhile in tennis, the women's team went down to the Northern Mariana Islands team three matches to nil. The men's tennis was once again postponed due to heavy rainfall in Apia. The tennis competition will continue today.

In lawn bowls, the men’s singles won both of their matches today against Niue and Tokelau. The men’s fours won against Niue, but lost to Norfolk Islands. The ladies pairs won one and lost two, whilst the ladies triples lost all three of their matches. They will all continue competition again today.

Cook Islands golfers improved on a solid day one performance, with Rotana Howard scoring 75, three over par. Katey Karati finished on 79, Memory Akama scored 81, and Rowena Newbigging ended up on 83. The team will finish round play today, aiming to make tomorrow's finals.

In the men's golf, Kris Williamson ended day two on 73, Matai Jojo Karati scored 77, Dan Webb shot a 75, and William Howard finished on 72.

Cook Islands athletes will yet again be competing in several events today, including weightlifting, rugby sevens, sailing, va'a, basketball, golf, tennis, and lawn bowls.

                -Liam Ratana in Apia, Samoa