WESLEY ROBERTS has continued his dominance in the men’s freestyle swimming competition at the Pacific Games in Apia, claiming two more medals last night.
The 22-year-old made Pacific Games history just two days ago, winning the Cook Islands’ first ever medal in swimming and our first gold medal of the 2019 campaign, after placing first in the final of the men’s 200m freestyle event.
At the Samoa Aquatic Centre last night, Roberts placed second in the final of the men's 1500 metre freestyle event.
Minutes after the presentation, Roberts competed in the 100m freestyle final where he finished third to claim the bronze medal.
Following his first gold medal in the 200 metres freestyle final, Roberts qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan but he will now also compete in the 1500 metres and 100 metre events next year.
Paddler Andre Tutaka-George claimed his second bronze medal after finishing third in the men’s V1 16 kilometre race yesterday. He earlier managed bronze medal in the men’s V1 500m.
Weightlifter Matanoko McDonald missed out on podium finish in the Pacific Games but walked away with two bronze medals each in Commonwealth Junior Women 81kg and Oceania Junior Women 81kg.
Team Cook Islands has one gold, two silver and four bronze medals.
-Liam Ratana in Apia, Samoa
The Cook Islands women’s basketball team avoided an early elimination and claimed their first win at the Pacific Games in Samoa, beating a determined New Caledonia side yesterday.