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Wednesday 4 September 2013 | Published in Other Sports


Golden girl Tereapii Tapoki is confident of making it a double gold at the Wallis and Futuna Pacific Games.

Tapoki won gold in the women’s discus event on Monday with a throw of 48.48 metres.

However the golden win for the 29-year old Mauke born athlete was bitter sweet.

While proud of the gold she has won for her country – Tapoki is disappointed that she didn’t throw to the Commonwealth Games qualifying distance of 50m.

Despite that, the policewoman is proud of her efforts and knows she can return to her glory days.

Tapoki still holds the Pacific Games discus record of 53m which she set in back in 2007 at the Samoa Pacific Games.

Her personal best throw of 58m was set in 2006.

Since then, the national athlete has become a police officer and has had a daughter and these games are part of her journey back to her record-setting days.

Tapoki knows it’s not going to be an easy task but she says that she knows that she needs to work on new technique she has been taught by her coaches.

Tapoki had very little competition in the discus throwing circle as a number of the 9 other women that entered the same event were new to the sport.

“I was still nervous just like any competitive event,” says Tapoki of her competition day.

One of the challenges on the day for Tapoki and her fellow competitors was the rough surface of the throwing circle which meant the throwers couldn’t move as smoothly through their throwing routine.

The Fijian athlete in the competition had to resort to putting tape on the bottom of her shoes but this didn’t seem to help her in the event.

With one gold in hand – Tapoki now turns her focus to her second event at the mini games.

On Friday she will step into the shot put circle where she hopes to throw to the 15m Commonwealth Games qualifying distance.

Tapoki’s personal best shot put throw at the moment is 14.98 and with her discus event under her belt – she believes she will be more relaxed for her next event.

She also has the Rio Olympics in her sights and with her return to top level competition – Tapoki is set to work on both her fitness and throwing techniques to reach her sporting goals.

The humbled athlete would like to pay tribute to her coach Siniva Marsters for all her dedication to training her and helping her return to her golden status.

She would also like to thank her friends and family, her police force colleagues and the people of the Cook Islands for their support and for believing in her.