Tapoki wins our Second Gold Medal at Mini Games

Local wonder woman Tereapii Tapoki won Team Cook Islands’ second gold medal at the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

 

Tapoki clinched the gold medal in women’s discus event with a convincing throw on Tuesday (CI time).

The police officer managed a distance of 47.11 metres ahead of New Caledonia’s Takosi Atana on 43.78m and Malep Selare, from Vanuatu, who managed a throw of 31.85m.

She earlier took a bronze medal in the women’s shot put before finishing fourth in the hammer throw event.

The 33-year-old Tapoki, who hails from Mauke, was pleased with the win but said she could have done better.

Her personal best in discus is 57.61m, which is also the national record. She set this record in 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand.

“I feel great about the win, considering I have to juggle work with training which hasn’t been easy,” Tapoki, a former Olympian, said.

“But through the support of friends and families, I was able to get a consistent throw. We were trying to hit the 50m mark but fell short by three metres.

“However considering the weather conditions, I am happy with what I have achieved. It was hot, humid and rained at the same time, but I managed to get a good throw at the end.”

Tapoki thanked her family, friends and supporters for helping her during the preparation for this year’s games.

“Thanks to everyone who helped me out in preparing for these games and thank you to the people of the Cook Islands for their support.

“I also thank my athletics team manager and team mates Patty (Patricia Taea) and Alex (Beddoes) for their support and encouragement.

“I am not finished yet, still planning to hit it off in 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. I’m not yet ready to retire.”

Middle distance runner Beddoes won the national team’s first gold medal in the 800m track event on Sunday while Taea claimed silver medal in the 100m sprint on Monday.

 




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