10 Sep 2013

Sport: PNG still lead but wary of medal rivals

9:48 am on 10 September 2013

Papua New Guinea go into the last couple of days still at the top of the medal table at the Pacific Mini Games, but anticipating a fierce challenge from their nearest rivals.

PNG have 28 gold medals, ten clear of second placed New Caledonia, after impressing in weightlifting and athletics last week.

The Chef de Mission Richard Kassman says the performance of Eunice Steven in winning the women's heptathlon was particularly impressive.

There are still plenty of medals up for grabs over the next two days and Richard Kassman says Team PNG is very conscious of the threat posed by New Caledonia and Tahiti to their overall lead.

"There is at least 14 gold on offer in taekwondo. Tahiti and New Caledonia obviously are strong in these events - we're just hoping that those medals are shared between the other countries as well. We're hoping to get a sprinkle of medals here - we've got probably three gold medal prospects here - and a sprinkling of minor medals, which we will be very happy to collect."

Richard Kassman.

The Beach Volleyball competition will also be decided on Tuesday afternoon, with PNG in the women's finals.

Sailing, volleyball and rugby sevens finish on Wednesday.