Hosts Samoa win gold at Commonwealth Youth Games

Hosts Samoa finally struck gold on the penultimate day of competition at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia.

Maeu Nanai Livi triumphed in the Men's 85kg weightlifting division with a combined lift of 253kg.

It capped a good day for the hosts, with Feagaiga Stowers winning silver in the over 69kg category - taking their overall tally to one gold, four silver and five bronze medals.

Papua New Guinea also won their first gold medal in Apia.

Lightweight boxer Thadeus Katoa won a split decision in the ring at Tuana'imato against Northern Ireland's Tiernan Bradley.

PNG also claimed bronze in the tennis mixed doubles.

Australia is on course to finish top of the overall medals table.

After four days of competition they have 60 medals, including 23 gold - 11 clear of both England and South Africa.

Thursday also proved profitable for a number of other Pacific nations.

Cook Islands finished runners up in the mixed pairs lawn bowls - that silver medal being their first of the Games.

Tonga's Antonio Kanongata'a also won silver in the boxing ring, losing to Scotland's Sean Lazzerini in a first round TKO.

Meanwhile Norfolk Islands picked up bronze in the boy's doubles and Solomon Islands also made it onto the medal table.