By Mr Pilipus Garpet, Games News Service
PORT MORESBY, July 6 – Gold medals in five sports will be decided on Tuesday July 7 at the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games – swimming, touch football, va’a, weightlifting and shooting.
At the BSP Arena, Lara Grangeon (NCL), who won two gold medals on Monday night, will continue her podium assault in the women’s 200m breaststroke and 200m freestyle while local legend Ryan Pini (PNG), who won gold and bronze on the first night of swimming, is entered in the 100m butterfly and will also race in the PNG men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Grangeon won an incredible 16 gold medals – and 20 medals in all – at Noumea 2011, but rivals will appreciate her generosity in only entering 14 events here in Port Moresby.
In touch football, the men’s and women’s action comes to a head at the Bisini Grounds venue with semifinals starting the day at 09:00. The women’s gold medal game begins at 14:00 with the men’s final scheduled for 15:00. It will be a quick turnaround for some of the players though, as the three-day mixed touch football competition begins on Wednesday.
Va’a (outrigger canoe) also continues with four more races at the Lancron Naval Base venue. The men’s and women’s V1 (one person) 500m sprint heats begin at 09:00 and the day finishes with the fast and furious action of the men’s and women’s V12 500m events. Finals are every 15 minutes from 14:00.
Competition in weightlifting is gradually making its way up to the heavier divisions at the aptly named PNG Power Dome. Tuesday will see snatch, clean and jerk and total medals decided in women’s -69kg and -75kg classes as well as the men’s -85kg and -94kg categories.
The women’s 25m pistol and mixed 25m pistol events are the two gold medals to be decided at the June Valley Shooting Range’s indoor venue on Tuesday, but Tahiti will be looking to continue its good start having won three of four gold medals on Monday.
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