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Over 5,000 athletes from 24 of our Pacific Island nations gathered in Samoa for what they call the 'Olympics of the Pacific' - the Pacific Games 2019.
Check out why it's such an important Games for our Pacific Islands athletes.
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Check out the highlights from the final day of the Pacific Games 2019 in Samoa!
The Netball Bronze medal final between Samoa & Papua New Guinea and the Gold medal final between the Cook Islands and Tonga, both the Men's and Women's Football Gold Medal matches, the Women's Half Marathon and the Men's triathlon plus highlights from the Closing Ceremony.
Cover image - Photo Credit Pacific Games News Service: Therese Rivers
Highlights from the 2nd to last day of the Pacific Games 2019.
All 7 of Samoa's Boxers coming away with Gold, the Tonga vs Samoa netball semi, Womens Volleyball bronze match between Samoa & Wallis and Futuna plus the Gold medal final between Tahiti and New Caledonia.
Track and Field highlights included the Womens Long Jump, Mens & Womens 400m Hurdles as well as the Men's and Women's 4x100m relay.
Photo credit for photos used in header collage - Pacific Games News Service: Trina Edwards, Therese Rivers & Ikoke Leaitutulia
Check out more of the exciting finals in the athletics!
Men's Long Jump where Kelvin Masoe claimed a historic, first ever Gold for Samoa as well as a new national record, watch 19yr old Mosese Foliaki pick up his 2nd Gold in the 110m hurdles after taking out the Men's High Jump and all the action from the the Women's 1500m, Men's 5000m, both the Women's & Men's 110m hurdles, the 200m finals and the 4x 400m relays.
There's also Boxing and netball semi-final highlights.
Photo credit for photos used in header collage - Pacific Games News Service: Trina Edwards & Therese Rivers
Check out some of the Boxing matches in Savai'i, the Basketball medal matches including both Mens & Womens Gold medal finals plus the 10,000m Womens race & Alex beddoes 2nd Gold for the Cook Islands in the 1500m.
Photo credit for photos used in header collage - Pacific Games News Service: Trina Edwards & Faaiu Leifi Levi
Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist and National boxing representative, Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali is representing Samoa at the Pacific Games.
The Boxing tournament at Don Bosco College in Saleloga, on Savai'i brings the games to the Big Island where 14 countries are competing for Gold, Silver & Bronze.