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Megan Signal wins New Zealand’s first medals at Pacific Games

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Megan Signal wins New Zealand’s first medals at Pacific Games + archers secure quota spot for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

U64kg weightlifter Megan Signal has broken five New Zealand records and collected three medals at the Apia Pacific Games.

The 29-year-old Aucklander snatched 89kgs and clean and jerked 114kgs to win silver in the clean and jerk, bronze in the snatch and bronze overall.

"Today went really well, it was a PB across all three disciplines so I definitely can’t complain," said Signal.

"I do always want more but I walk away pretty proud of myself."

The medals are New Zealand’s first at this edition of the Pacific Games. The results at the Pacific Games weightlifting competition provide ranking points towards qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Signal will now have a short break before contesting the Weightlifting World Champs in Thailand in September.

Meanwhile archers Olivia Hodgson and Adam Kaluzny shot one of the rounds of their lives to secure a mixed team quota spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Kiwis beat Australia in a dramatic final of their Continental Qualification Tournament held at the Pacific Games.

"It’s a dream come true," said Hodgson.

"My phone is ringing nonstop at the moment. It’s been a big goal of ours to represent New Zealand and be able to get to Tokyo next year."

The final was full of drama. New Zealand took an early lead but an error from Kaluzny helped Australia draw level and force a shootout.

Kaluzny shot a ten and Hodgson an eight to take the win.

"The pressure was really high, I really concentrated on my processes and was happy to get a good one in the shootout," said Kaluzny.

The New Zealanders then erupted into tears, overcome with emotion and the realisation that they’d nabbed the Tokyo 2020 quota spot.

"It was so cool, such an honour to represent New Zealand and to represent them well," said Hodgson.

The archers will need to prove they’re capable of a top 16 finish at the Olympic Games for the NZOC to confirm the quota spot. This is the first step on the athletes journey to selection for Tokyo 2020.

In the days other action the New Zealand U-23 football men continued their strong start to the Pacific Games with a 5-1 victory over hosts Samoa.

The Kiwis took a 3-0 lead by the break but Samoa offered strong resistance in the second half and were rewarded for their improved showing by spoiling New Zealand’s clean sheet late on.

Des Buckingham’s charges will now go into recovery mode before looking to make it three wins in a row against Vanuatu on Friday.

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