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Samoan Prime Minister gets SPG silver medal
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14:59, September 02, 2007

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History was made for Samoan Prime Minister in his non-political career by winning a silver medal Saturday at the 13th South Pacific Games.

In archery's mixed recurve team matchplay, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi won the silver Saturday with the Samoan team in their loss to the New Caledonian combination.

The Samoan team maintained the heat on the French territory although they could not bridge the gap by the end of that match and went down 208- 179.

In the bronze playoff some very high scoring shooting saw Fiji narrowly edged out by Tahiti.

"I'm very happy with the medal. I'm satisfied with my team and myself," said the prime minister after finishing the three-day competition.

The first day was not so perfect for Tuilaepa, who took part in men's compound competition and was placed sixth. But the silver medal Saturday paid off for the tenderfoot, who has been coached for only three months by Zhou Xiaojun, coach from China.

The 63-year-old Samoan prime minister was star of the archery court and prayed by his fans, including the Head of the State, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

"The results are good, we're happy with that," said Zhou Xiaojun, being here with a Chinese coach team for nearly one year.

"The prime minister is very serious about archery and very much devoted," said Zhou.

"There is no age limitation for archery, which suited me very well," said Tuiatua.

"I had wished a medal, now I got it. You see, everyone can do sport, so just join it and enjoy yourself," said the Prime Minister.

Source: Xinhua

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