8 Aug 2016

Sport: Fijiana eliminated from sevens medal contention

1:02 pm on 8 August 2016

Fiji have been eliminated from medal contention in the women's Olympic sevens competition.

The Fijiana were outclassed 26-7 by Great Britain in the quarter finals, after finishing runners-up in Pool A.

Fiji upset the United States 12-7 in their opening match at the weekend before being outclassed 36-0 by World Series champions Australia.

Chris Cracknell's side bounced back on day two to thrash Colombia by the same 36-0 scoreline to qualify for the knock-out rounds.

Fiji score a try against Colombia at the Rio Olympics.

Fiji score a try against Colombia at the Rio Olympics. Photo: World Rugby

Australia and Canada will meet in the first semi final after beating Spain and France respectively, while Great Britain will take on New Zealand who beat the USA 5-0 in a hard fought last eight match-up.

Fiji will face the United States for the second time in three days in the playoffs for fifth to eighth place.

Krishna scores in losing effort

The Fiji men's football team led at halftime in their second group match against Mexico before eventually losing 5-1.

Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krisha gave the Melanesians a shock lead in the 11th minute with what proved to be their only shot on target for the match.

Roy Krishna celebrates scoring the winning goal against Solomon Islands.

Roy Krishna starred for Fiji against Mexico. Photo: OFC via Phototek

Erick Gutierrez equalised for Mexico three minutes after halftime and added a second eight minutes later before completing his hat-trick in the space of ten minutes to all but seal the result.

Carlos Salcedo made it 4-0 in the 67th minute before Erick Gutierrez bagged his fourth goal to complete the rout.

Fiji were thrashed 8-0 by Korea in their Olympic debut last week and round off pool play against Germany on Thursday.

Cook Islands make Rio bow

Cook Islands kayaker Bryden Nicholas the first Cook Islands athlete to compete in Rio but was slowest in the men's K1 Canoe Slalom heats.

The 27 year old, who spent two weeks in a pre-Olympic training camp at the Whitewater Stadium in Rio, completed the course in 105.18 and 125.64, finishing almost 19 seconds adrift of the top qualifier from Italy.

Pacific results from day two

Vanuatu rower Luigi Teilemb was well off the pace in the heats for the men's single sculls - the Olympic debutant crossed the finish line in 8.00.42, almost one minute adrift of top qualifier and 2012 gold medallist Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand.

Papua New Guinea judoka Raymond Ovinou was outclassed 100-0 by Canada's Antoine Bouchard in his men's 66kg bout, while Vanuatu's Joe Mahit was beaten by the same margin against Jayme Mata from Aruba.

18 year old PNG boxer Thadius Katua lost all three rounds of his men's lightweight preliminary fight against Russia's Adlan Abdurashidov while Fiji's Winston Hill was also beaten 3-0 against Vladimir Margaryan from Armenia.

Fiji weightlifter Manueli Tulo finished 13th in the men's 56kg division with total lift of 242 kg. Nauru's Elson Brechtefeld was 15th with a lift of 223kg.

In the pool, Guam's Benjamin Schulte was 43rd and Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua 45th in the men's 100m breaststroke.

Guam's Pilar Shimizu was 38th in the women's breaststroke, while Samoa's Brandon Schuster finished 46th in the men's 200m freestyle heats, with compatriot Evelina Afoa 32nd in the women's 100m backstroke.

Rio-bound Vanuatu rower Luigi Teilemb.

Vanuatu rower Luigi Teilemb. Photo: Vanuatu Rowing Association