10 Sep 2013

Sport: Tahiti dominate opening day of taekwondo

9:46 am on 10 September 2013

Tahiti have dominated the opening day of taekwondo action at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.

That has allowed them to close the gap on New Caledonia, who sit second on the medal table.

But as Vinnie Wylie reports, overtaking Papua New Guinea might be a bridge too far.

"Tahiti won four of the six gold medals on offer in the Kafika Hall yesterday. They also qualified for the final of the men's under 80 kilogram division, but Waldeck Defaix was edged 6-5 in sudden death by Jurgen Vegi of Wallis and Futuna, giving the hosts their second gold medal of the Mini Games, to the delight of the crowd. The Marshall Islands picked up the other gold medal on day one, with Jason Sam beating Papua New Guinea's Pinnie Rainner. So PNG still lead the medal tally with 28 golds. New Caledonia remain second with 18 while Tahiti's exploits on the mat increased their tally to 17. More medals will be up for grabs today in taekwondo as well as beach volleyball, which has its finals this afternoon at Kolopelu on Futuna. Meanwhile the rugby sevens competition gets underway at the Kafika Stadium."