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Oceania wraps up successful Commonwealth Games

By Ruci Farrell - ruci.farrell@pmn.co.nz

The Commonwealth Games officially wrapped up last night on Australia's Gold Coast, with Oceania collecting its biggest ever haul of medals.

Samoa finished with two gold medals and three silver, followed by Papua New Guinea with one gold and two silver, while Fiji bagged one gold, one silver and two bronze.



Team Samoa Chef de Mission Nynette Sass says the success of Oceania is a good lead up to next year's Pacific Games in Samoa. 

"It's a great sense of achievement. We're just very happy that we ended on a high note," she says.

"To our Oceania family, congratulations. We're so proud of all the achievements we've made as a small island group... it's a great build up to our Pacific Games next year and we're looking forward to welcoming everybody to Samoa."

Cook Islands, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands all won their first ever Commonwealth Games medals.



New Zealand's gold medal winning weightlifter David Liti also received a special award last night at the Games.

The 21-year-old Tongan received the David Dixon Award for outstanding sporting spirit.

During the medals ceremony, Liti offered to assist his Samoan rival Lauititi Lui, who injured himself in the final of the 105kg men's competition.


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