Sport: Medals shared on third day of athletics in PNG

11:46 am on 16 July 2015

Papua New Guinea did the double in the 400m with Nelson Stone and Toea Wisil claiming men's and women's gold on the third day of athletics competition at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

The hosts swept the podium at Sir John Guise Stadium, with PNG runners also claiming silver and bronze in both races.

Tereapii Tapoki from Cook Islands added the discus title to her medal collection while New Caledonia added three track and field golds in the men's 1500m, hammer throw and pole vault.

Sharon Firisua from Solomon Islands matched the efforts of compatriot Rosefelo Siosi a day earlier by winning the women's 10,000m.

Vanuatu are favourites for gold in men's cricket after beating hosts PNG for the second time in as many days.

Vanuatu were restricted to just 115 off their 20 overs but Patrick Matautaava responded with the wicket of PNG skipper Chris Amini in the first over and the hosts ended up seven runs short.

Meanwhile New Caledonia will defend their Pacific Games men's football title against Tahiti after the Francophone teams recorded 2-1 victories against Fiji and Papua New Guinea to advance to tomorrow's gold medal match.

It's the first time in ten years that Tahiti will contest the final, with their last victory coming on home soil in 1995.