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Three gold medals among mini games winnings

NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Sept. 26, 2009) – TONGA has won seven including three gold medals so far in the Pacific Mini Games that gets underway in the Cooks.

The latest with 'Inoke Finau winning a gold medal in the men's 110 metres hurdle on day five of the event which is today. The silver and bronze were awarded to New Caledonia.

Tapinga Lavemaau of Radio Tonga news reports from Rarotonga, Tonga has so far won 3 gold, 2 silver and bronze respectively.

Vasi Feke got the bronze medal in today's women 100 metres hurdle. The gold and bronze medals were taken again by New Caledonia.

On the athletic field, 'Esau Vakameilalo got the bronze medal in the men's long jump.

Today was also a happy day for Tonga when its national netball team beat Niue with 52-43 points.

"It was good news for the netball players, Tonga's official and sports team. This is their first winning in the Cook's mini games. In the first quarter they scored 15-9 points. Second round the Tongan players managed to get 21-16.

In the third quarter, Tonga netball team was still leading with 36-24 points. In the last quarter, Tonga proved to Niue they were better trained than their Niue competitors, winning with 52-43 points," Tapinga commented.

The netball team leaves the Cooks today via Auckland where they will spend a few days there before returning to Nuku'alofa.

Meanwhile Fe'aomoeata Kala, Tonga's athlete for men's 10,000 and 5,000 metres track events is hospitalised at Rarotonga due to injuries sustained here in Tonga before leaving for the event.

However according to Tapinga he was taken for medical treatment and "is still recovering and in a stable condition."

Taping also reports both the national rugby league and weight lifting teams have arrived safely in the Cooks and are full swing with their preparation for next week's events.

At the same time, Tonga's golden girl 'Ana Po'uhila will compete in the women's shot put tomorrow and according to Tapinga this might be another luck for Tonga to win another gold medal

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