Tongan athletes head into weekend after a day of mixed results in Gold coast games

‘Oku lolotonga kau atu ha timi 'a Tonga ko e toko 13 ki he fe'auhi Kominiueli hono 21 'i Kuinisilani, 'Aositelelia. 'E fe’auhi ‘a Salote Huni mo Samiuela Kei he poo ni ‘i Gold Coast ‘i ha faka’osinga ‘o ha ‘aho ne ki’i fihi e ola ‘a e kau fe’auhi Tonga. ‘E fe’auhi ‘a Huni ‘i he kilokalami ‘e 75 kakai fefine taimi 9.30pm ia ‘a Nu’u Sila ni. Fe’auhi ‘a Kei ‘i he kilo ‘e 91 kakai tangata ‘i he taimi 11.17pm ia ‘a Nu’u Sila ni. Na’e ua foki ‘a Charisa Panuve he hiiti ‘uluaki ‘a e kakai fefine filisitaila mita ‘e 50 he kakau ‘a ia ko e sekoni ‘e 30.34. Fo’i foki ‘a Malia Kioa 4-21 ‘ia Colleen Piketh ‘o Saute ‘Afilika ‘i he teka pulu he musie pea neongo ne fakalakalaka ange ‘ene fe’auhi hono ua ka ne ne kei fo’i pe ‘ia Catherine Beattie ‘o ‘Ailani Tokelau ko e 13 – 21. Ka ne ikuna ‘a Malia Kioa ia ‘aneafi ‘i hono hoa mei Zambia ‘aki e kai ko e 21 – 10. Ne fa ‘a Finau ‘Ohuafi ‘i he fe’auhi butterfly mita 50 pehe ki he fo’i foki ‘a John Moleni ‘i he fuhu kilo ‘e 69.

Tongan boxers Salote Huni and Samiuela Kei compete tonight on the Gold Coats, ending a day of mixed results for Tonga.

Huni is scheduled to compete in the women’s 75kg round at 6.3pm Queensland time (9.30pm New Zealand time) and Kei is scheduled to compete in the 91kg class at 8.17pm Queensland time (11.17pm New Zealand time)

Earlier today Charissa Panuve came second in Heat One of the Women’s 50m Freestyle at the Optus Aquatic Centre with a time of 30:34 seconds. She beat Bunturabie Jalloh of Sierra Leone, who had a time of  38.27. Maayaa Ayawere of Ghana came first with a time of 28.38.

In lawn bowls, Malia Kioa lost 4-21 to Colleen Piketh of South Africa. In her next match she did better against Catherine Beattie of Northern Ireland, losing 13-21.

Tonga is fielding a team of 13 athletes who will be competing in track and field, boxing, lawn bowls, swimming and weightlifting.

Yesterday Malia Kioa defeated Gertrude Siame of  Zambia 21-10.

She also faced Karen Murphy of Australia, who is the current world champion, losing 4-21.

Finau ‘Ohuafi came fourth in the men’s 50m butterfly with a time of 28:00.

In the 69kg bout in the men’s boxing, the judges awarded Stephen Newns of Scotland victory over John Moleni by a margin of  4:1.

Tonga’s swimmers and boxers will be back in the arena this weekend.

Tomorrow, Finau Ohuafi will compete in heat two of the men’s 50 metre backstroke.

Charissa Panuve will compete in heat one of the women’s 50 metre butterfly.

On Sunday, Magan Maka will compete in the first quarter final of the 69kgclass in women’s boxing.

Maka, 24, carried  the kingdom’s flag in the opening ceremony. In 2014 she represented New Zealand at the 2014 games in Glasgow.

The main points

  • Tongan boxers Salote Huni and Samiuela Kei compete tonight on the Gold Coats, ending a day of mixed results for Tonga.
  • Huni is scheduled to compete in the women’s75kg round at 6.30pm Queensland time and Kei is scheduled to compete in the 91kg class at 8.17pm Queensland time.
  • Tonga is fielding a team of 13 athletes who will be competing in track and field, boxing, lawn bowls, swimming and weightlifting.

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