Sport: Pacific finish Comm Games with 18 medals

9:34 am on 16 April 2018

The Commonwealth Games have concluded with the Pacific recording their best medal haul in 16 years.

Fireworks complete the closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Fireworks complete the closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Photosport NZ

Weightlifting led the way with 11 medals while boxing, lawn bowls, athletics, rugby sevens and beach volleyball combined for another seven.

The Pacific won 18 medals on the Gold Coast, their best return since winning 21 at the 2002 Games in Manchester.

Samoa was the region's top performer with two gold and three silver medals, their highest ever Commonwealth Games tally.

Papua New Guinea won three medals in weightlifting, including Steven Kari repeating his gold medal effort from 2014.

Eileen Cikamatana won Fiji's first gold since 2002 although the men's rugby sevens team had to make do with silver.

Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands all won their first ever Commonwealth Games medals, while Norfolk Island won their first in 24 years.

And Nauru kept their streak alive, winning a medal for the eighth straight Commonwealth Games.

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