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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (August 22, 1997 - PACNEWS)---The 5th South Pacific Mini Games ended in American Samoa's capital of Pago Pago Wednesday night with a display of fireworks, cultural entertainment, and the handing over of the South Pacific Mini Games flag to the host of the next games, Norfolk Island.

Governor Tauese Sunia thanked the participating countries for giving the territory the chance to host the games and apologized for any negative aspects that may have occurred during the athletes' stay in American Samoa.

Meanwhile, Nauru leaves Pago Pago with 33 golds. Fiji is one medal behind, in second place, with 32 golds. American Samoa finished in third place with 22, followed by Papua New Guinea's 19.

In total medals, Fiji is number one with 91 medals. PNG is second with 64 medals followed by Nauru with 62.

The final medal tally of the 5th South Pacific Games

Meantime, in Nauru's capital of Yaren, President Kinza Clodumar expressed great pleasure when he learned that Nauru led the South Pacific Mini-Games in gold medals won.

In a congratulatory message to the Nauru team, he said he was overjoyed to receive the wonderful news that Nauru came out on top during the 1997 games.

President Clodumar said "You have done your country proud. Against the odds of your youth and experience, against nations larger than ours, you have raised our national flag and sung our national anthem for all to witness the strength of performance when Nauruan determination and resolve are applied."

He said all Nauru looks forward to celebrating a national occasion with the team upon its rerun home.

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