Sport: Samoan boxer settles for silver

3:26 am on 15 April 2018

Samoan boxer Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali was forced to settle for a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games after a unanimous points defeat in the men's 81kg final on the Gold Coast.

Samoan Boxer Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali

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The 19 year old said he gave it his all against Welshman Sammy Lee but it wasn't enough to win gold.

"I knew it was going to be tough - he's a very good opponent," he said.

"He won gold last year at Youth Commonwealth (games) - I won bronze but never faced him. Awesome experience man - I'm still young, still hungry, I'll come back stronger."

Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali said his chances in the final weren't helped when he was deducted points for holding his opponent but said he will learn from his Commonwealth Games experience.

"It was a great campaign. I had four tough fights: all respect to all my opponents that I fought, even today," he said.

"I'm just taking everything in because I'm still young. It's an amazing experience even just to get silver. It would have been nice to get gold but it is what it is."

With no athletes in medals contention on Sunday, Team Samoa will finish the Commonwealth Games as the top ranked team in the Pacific, with two gold and three silver medals.

Fij men stay on course for sevens gold

The Fiji men's sevens team topped their pool on Saturday to advance to the semi finals.

The Olympic champions thrashed Sri Lanka 63-5 and Uganda 54-0 before holding off a determined Wales 21-17 in Pool D to advance to a semi final showdown against World Series leaders South Africa.

New Zealand will face England, who finished ahead of Samoa and Australia in Pool B, in the other semi final.

Meanwhile the Fijiana women's team are out of medal contention after losing their final pool match against Australia 17-10.