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Friday, September 07, 2007

Solomon Islands register first GOLD Medal at SPG through the gifted hands of Michael Leong

Solomon Islands Gold Medal drought at the XIII South Pacific Games has came to an end after Tennis wonder-boy Michael Leong handled the home crowd support to overcome Samoa's Juan Langton in the grand-final of the Mens Singles which was completed a while ago to win Gold.

The match did not last long despite a strong home crowd support for Leong's Samoan opponent as he easily cruised to a two straight set victory by 6-1 and 6-1.

After the match Michael was quoted as saying: "Oh it's a lot, I mean our country, if I'm correct, hasn't got one yet. I mean there's events going on and to get gold for my country is something special and I hope it continues and for the rest of the country for the sports they play they do their best and try their best for their country."

At the same time Solomons tennis team coach Joel Benjamin said he hopes this win will mean the equal distribution of funds to all sports in the Solomon Islands, including tennis.

Meanwhile, another Silver medal has been updated to the overall Solomon Islands medal tally today for Ruth Riropo who won Silver in the Taekwondo Female Black Belt Fin/Fly Weight (00-49kg).

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