Palau Micronesian Games spearfishing top qualifier Felix Sasamoto Jr., center, shows off his catch while being flanked by runners-up Morito Asa, left, and Derek San Nicolas. (Contributed Photo) 
The Saipan Micronesia Games gold medalist secured the top spot with his total catch of 29.86 lbs. Derek San Nicolas came in second with his haul of 24.04 lbs., while rounding out the third and final slot was Morito Asai who harpooned 15.12 lbs. of fish.

Other spearfishermen who barely missed qualifying for the Micronesian Games were Greg Sasamoto and Abraham Quitugua.

The qualifier was organized by the Marianas Apnea Spearfishing Club. MASC conducted the trial competition to select the Top 3 spearfishermen-two primary and one alternate-who will represent the CNMI in the 2010 Micronesian Games set in Palau from Aug. 1 to 10 this year.

A total of eight MASC members entered the competition which designated fishing zone was from the Agingan Point to the Garapan lighthouse. It started at 8am and finished at 3pm.

Felix Sasamoto won a gold medal for the individual category in the 2006 edition of the Micronesian Games. He also led Team CNMI to the gold medal in the team category.

“The defending champions are ready to bring home the gold medals again and are very proud and anxious to represent the CNMI,” said MASC in a statement.

Aside from the CNMI, other Micronesian island-nations expected to participate in the seventh staging of the quadrennial meet are Guam, Yap, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands.

They will compete in 15 disciplines, namely baseball, lawn tennis, swimming, triathlon, athletics, basketball, Micro All-Around, outrigger canoe, fast-pitch softball, table tennis, weightlifting, beach volleyball, indoor volleyball, wrestling, and of course spearfishing.
(Saipan Tribune)


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