20 Jul 2015

Sport: PNG finish atop Pacific Games medal tally

11:50 am on 20 July 2015

Papua New Guinea finished atop the medal tally with 88 gold, 69 silver and 60 bronze at the Pacific Games, which came to a close in Port Moresby at the weekend.

The host nation repeated the feat achieved when the Games were last staged in PNG back in 1991.

New Caledonia were second with 59 gold out of a total of 167 medals, with Tahiti third, ahead of Fiji.

Papua New Guinea swimmer Ryan Pini and New Caledonia's Lara Grangeon were named outstanding male and female athletes of the Games, with seven and 11 gold medals respectively.

Australia finished sixth in the overall medals tally in their first ever Pacific Games, with 17 gold medals, 19 silver and 11 bronze, despite only contesting four sports.

New Zealand managed one gold and 20 medals in all, in weightlifting and taekwondo.

It was also a memorable event for Tuvalu, who won their first ever Pacific Games gold medal among four powerlifting medals.

Papua New Guinea supporters at the Pacific Games

Papua New Guinea supporters at the Pacific Games Photo: Oceania Football Confederation