Commonwealth Games

Samoa is first Pacific country to receive Commonwealth Games Queen’s relay baton

The baton rally is the Commonwealth Games' answer to the Olympic torch relay and makes its way around countries within the Commonwealth of Nations before reaching Birmingham where the Games will be held. 

The baton contains a personal message which was recently signed personally by Queen Elizabeth II. 

The relay begins at Buckingham Palace before undertaking a global journey with the baton passed from runner to runner.

The final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen who will read the message aloud to officially open the Games

Samoa weightlifters qualify for Commonwealth Games

Nevo Ioane won the gold medal in the 67 kilogramme division and also set a new Oceania Record in the Clean & Jerk with a recorded lift of 165 kilogrammes. 

In the same division, 16 year old rookie Dunken Laulua won bronze. This is Laulua’s first time ever vying in an international competition.

John Tafi won gold in the 73 kilogramme Men's division and also set a new Oceania Junior Record.

All the senior lifters of the team are expected to compete on Sunday, which is the final day of the competition.


Weightlifter David Liti 'outstanding athlete' of Games

He was awarded the David Dixon Award, given out at each Commonwealth Games.

The award is based on an athlete's performance at the event, fair play, and overall contribution to their team's participation at the Games. It is chosen by the Athletes' Advisory Commission.

In a speech at the closing ceremony, the Commonwealth Games Federation President, Louise Martin said Liti exhibited great sportsmanship and consideration for his fellow competitors while competing at the highest level.

"I can't describe it - it's been a great Games and this just tops it off", said Liti

Samoa tops Pacific medal tally at Commonwealth Games

Samoa finished in 17th place on the overall medal tally on the Gold Coast, winning three gold and two silver medals in weightlifting and boxing.

"It is a sense of pride for us knowing that we're leading as far as Oceania is concerned and for a small island country it's punching above our weight. Out of 71 countries we're doing not too bad."

Samoa's biggest success came in weightlifting, where they collected four medals, while Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali won the country's first Commonwealth boxing medal in 12 years.

Pacific finish Commonwealth Games with 18 medals

Weightlifting led the way with 11 medals while boxing, lawn bowls, athletics, rugby sevens and beach volleyball combined for another seven.

The Pacific won 18 medals on the Gold Coast, their best return since winning 21 at the 2002 Games in Manchester.

Samoa was the region's top performer with two gold and three silver medals, their highest ever Commonwealth Games tally.

Papua New Guinea won three medals in weightlifting, including Steven Kari repeating his gold medal effort from 2014.

Samoa to box for gold

The 19 year-old beat Canada's Harley O'Reilly in a points decision Friday night in their semi final clash on the Gold Coast and said he was made to work for it.

"Honestly it was very close, too close for comfort. Next time I want a unanimous tomorrow...I think my power shots won the fight: I felt like I was more stronger than him and pushing him back on the back-foot so that's what won be the fight but it was a very tough fight, very good opponent," he said.

Samoa last collected a Commonwealth Games boxing medal in 2006 but have never won gold.

Simbine upstages Blake

Blake was the favourite to be crowned men's sprint champion at Carrara Stadium, but the Jamaican could only take bronze after he failed to recover from a poor start and South Africa's Simbine eased to victory in 10.03 seconds ahead of compatriot Henricho Bruintjies.

Ahye became the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago to win 100m gold, crossing the line in 11.14secs ahead of Jamaica duo Christania Williams and Gayon Evans on the Gold Coast.

Opeloge wins silver medal for Samoa

The 18 year-old lifted a personal best 151kg in the snatch but missed his final two attempts at 188kg and 191kg in the clean and jerk.

He finished with a total of 331kg at the Carrara Sports Arena, seven kilograms behind Venkat Rahul Ragala from India, who also beat him to gold at last year's Commonwealth Championships.

Opeloge said he wanted to win the gold medal but made a mistake at a key moment.

"I'm happy but I didn't beat (the gold medallist)...I missed my gold," he said.

Samoan lifter comes up short at Commonwealth Games

A bronze medallist in Glasgow four years ago, Ioane was forced to settle for fourth place on the Gold Coast, in the men's 69kg division, with a total of 292kg.

The 29 year-old finished seven kilograms adrift of gold medallist Gareth Evans of Wales, after failing to land his final two clean and jerk attempts.

Head Coach Jerry Wallwork said Ioane paid the price for only completing two of his six lifts.

Commonwealth Games officially opened

About 100 noisy but peaceful protesters were contained by police outside the venue some 90 minutes before the official start of the ceremony, attended by Britain's Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The protesters, carrying signs that read "colonisation is not a game", had earlier disrupted a leg of the Queen's Baton Relay and demanded Britain's royal family members ask them for permission to visit "stolen" land.