Samoan women score medals at Taekwondo
Samoa bagged two silver medals and a bronze in the women’s division taekwondo competition on Wednesday.
Taumaia Samoa lost to Australia’s, Rebecca Murray, in the 62kg category final, having to settle for silver after a 32-11 win to Murray, who is the best in the division.
With Guam pulling out of the doubles division, Samoa had a chance to play in the final against Tonga or Solomon Islands.
And Samoa’s Theresa Magele and Taumaia did fight against Tonga, with Theresa winning bronze and Taumaia settling for a silver medal.
The doubles was fought in the 62kg and 53kg category.
Head Coach Fritz Kazimani said he is proud of the team’s effort in the two-day competition.
“I am very happy with the achievement of the girls. It’s been eight years since taekwondo has restarted in Samoa.
“We look forward to many more events and we are starting from the bottom. This is our foundation.
“We have a very young team this year, and the only experienced athlete is Kaino Thomsen. For everybody else, this is their first Pacific Games and first tournament.”
Fritz said this year is the first time for the doubles to be played in Samoa during the Pacific Games.
President of the Taekwondo Samoa, Peter Ah Him said he is very pleased with the girls’ performance in their fight.
“We will try and making it to the Oceania Olympics qualifiers, for one of the team members to go to the Olympics in Japan.
“Taekwondo is not a well-known sport in Samoa but it is something that interests the public.
“This is an Olympic sport. Not every sport in the world is in the Olympics calendar, so whoever has the aim to attend the Olympic, because you can’t get any higher than the Olympics. The only two martial arts sports in the Olympic are taekwondo and judo.”
In total, team Samoa won 3 silver medals and a bronze over the two-day competition.