South Pacific Games 1983 - Western Samoa

September 5th-16th

Samoa hosted their first SPG and their enthusiasm and zeal for the games dispelled all doubts about their ability to do justice to the games. Lack of space did not deter organizers from harnessing local support for the games and providing another spectacular venue for the games in Apia. Attempts to downsize the games failed and once again over 2500 competitors lined up for their various sports.

Alain Lazare once again dominated the long distance quartet and won all gold medals. Joe Roden won the 400m flat and hurdles race. Albert Miller dominated the decathlon and was deemed unlucky to have missed out on the 110m hurdles. Fiji once again showed they were a more competitive side in soccer and lost in the final once again to Tahiti.

The final medals tally once again showed the dominance of New Caledonia on 24 gold medals but hosts Western Samoa impressed with their strong effort to finish second only 4 medals behind. French Polynesia finished third on 13 only one ahead of Fiji and PNG. The final medal table showed a much more even spread of medals among the top five countries. Traditional dances and music heralded the close of another exciting SPG.

1983: Apia, Western Samoa

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

New Caledonia

24

20

19

63

Western Samoa

20

13

12

45

French Polynesia

13

17

14

44

PNG

12

17

14

43

Fiji

12

17

14

43

American Samoa

4

4

6

14

Cook Islands

3

4

 

7

Guam

3

2

1

6

Norfolk Islands

2

 

1

3

Wallis & Futuna

1

2

5

8

Solomon Islands

1

1

2

4

Vanuatu

1

 

9

10

Tonga

1

 

5

6

Total

97

97

102

296




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