Tapoki claims silver medal

Wednesday July 17, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Discus silver medalist Tereapii Tapoki, middle, with Tikove Piira (left) and Alex Beddoes. 19071610 Discus silver medalist Tereapii Tapoki, middle, with Tikove Piira (left) and Alex Beddoes. 19071610

Tereapii Tapoki has claimed a silver medal in the women’s discus event at the 2019 Pacific Games.

 

“I’m happy with the result, even though everyone’s expecting me to get gold, but I’ve been there done that, so I’m happy with this,” says the 35 year old.

Tapoki grew up learning to throw a discus and shot put by using coconuts on the island of Mauke. She is no stranger to the podium, boasting an impressive record of wins at various competitions, including previous Pacific Games, Pacific Mini Games, and Oceania Championships.

Tapoki was the defending Pacific Games champion coming into the Games, but unfortunately missed out on the gold by just 76 centimetres. Lesly Filituulaga from New Caledonia came away in first place, with a best throw of 45.41 metres, compared to Tapoki’s 44.63 metres.

The former Olympian was unsure of what her next challenge would be, with the 2020 Tokyo Games just around the corner.

“Maybe Tokyo, but I’m not sure yet,” Tapoki said when questioned about what was next for her.

Tapoki’s silver and two gold medals from middle distance runner makes athletics the best performing code for Team Cook Islands at the Pacific Games.

Beddoes won his first gold on Monday night in the 800 metres race before claiming his second last night in the 1500m race.

Young gun Tikove Piira also showed he will be one to watch in the near future with two personal. Tikove took part in 100 and 200m races. He finished the 200m run in a time of 22.95 seconds – his first below 23s mark.   

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