4 Aug 2014

Sport: Pacific end with eight Commonwealth medals in Glasgow

11:41 am on 4 August 2014

The Pacific have finished with a haul of eight medals from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, all in weightlifting.

Flagbearers Steven Kari from Papua New Guinea and David Katoatau from Kiribati reigned supreme in their respective divisons while PNG's Dika Toua saw her silver medal bumped up to gold after her Nigerian opponent failed a drugs test.

Nauru lifter Itte Detenamo repeated his silver medal from the Delhi Games four years ago, Samoan sisters Ele and Mary Opeloge won matching silver medals while Vaipava Ioane picked up a bronze.

And Fiji marked their return to the Commonwealth fold with a bronze medal to Apolonia Vaivai.

However, success isn't always measured in medals.

The Norfolk Island delegation will return home empty-handed but Chef De Mission Mal Tarrant says it's still been a successful event.

"We thought we had a chance with a medal in the bowls but we got to the quarter final and thenanything can happen - it's a tough competition from there on. Our singles players was just a bit unlucky - struck the New Zealand player twice in one day which is a bit tough when that happens and plus big rainstorm came and it's a real evener that way too and it was hard for both of them. She did very very well, we're not disappointed at all. To get to the quarter finals is great and she did it twice, she was in the fours as well".