6 Oct 2010

Still no medals for Pacific as Australia dominate in Delhi

2:30 pm on 6 October 2010

Australia lead the medal tally with 21, including 8 golds, at the conclusion of day two at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

India's Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang won the 10 metre air rifle pairs to secure the host nation's first gold medal of the Games.

For the Pacific countries, Cook Islands tennis player Brittany Teei is through to the second round of the women's singles after a 6-0 6-0 win over Aminath Solih of the Maldives.

She will now play the Indian number one.

Samoa's middleweight boxer Afaesi Fate progressed to the next round with a win over Devon Boatswain of Guyana, as did Tonga's Sosefo Falekaono.

In the pool Samoa's Akmal Khan topped his heat in the 50 metre butterfly, clocking 20.02 seconds, ahead of Papua New Guinea's Daniel Pryke.

The Cook Island netballers were on the wrong end of another clinical display by New Zealand, succumbing 87-24.

They have the chance to bounce back later tonight against Barbados while Samoa's coach Linda Vagana is hoping for an improved performance tonight when her side takes on Trinidad and Tobago.

"We've played them before and beat them at the last world cup - and also have played them at the Commonwealth Games and beat them there to, but you know it's never an easy game - it's always one that is fought right until the end. For us to be in contention for the playoffs we need to be seen as be winning the games like Trinidad and against Malawi."

Papua New Guinea's netballers are also back in action tonight against South Africa and defender Nisha Omi says she learnt a lot marking Irene Van Dyk in Tuesday's big loss to New Zealand.

A lot of fast balls and just to stand close to her to see which was she's moving so I can go for the ball.

The track and field is also scheduled to begin tonight although work was still being undertaken on the track early on Wednesday morning.

One of the glamour events on opening day is the men's 100 metres, which has lost a bit of it's lustre with the withdrawal of Jamaica's world record holder, Usain Bolt.

However, Papua New Guinea's Ruwan Gunasinghe and Joe Matmat, Solomon Islands Jack Iroga and Vanuatu's Moses Kamut will be among the competitors lining up for tonight's heats.