Tona loses to Kasahara, PNG Olympic medal dreams dashed

Tona loses to Kasahara, PNG Olympic medal dreams dashed

Papua New Guinea’s hopes of a medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics was dashed last night as Taekwondo’s Theresa Tona lost 12 – 0 to her Japanese opponent Erika Kasahara in the women’s 49kg division. The first round saw a leveled contest as both athletes came up empty. However, the second round saw Kasahara come in with a flurry of counters that earned her a 12 point lead. Tona’s failure to score by the end…

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PNG Karate team for Oceania meet announced

PNG Karate team for Oceania meet announced

The Papua New Guinea Karate-do Federation (PNGKF) has selected a national team to represent the country in the Oceania Karate Championships which will be held in Sydney, Australia, from September 14 to the 17. President of the PNGKF, Carl Mari announced the team as, Quinten Wallace from Bougainville, Dominic Sipapi and Junior Billy from Central, Timothy Alovare from Eastern Highlands, Jimmy Pius from Manus, Jennifer Kautil from Madang, John Watah and Sapania John from Morobe,…

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Taekwondo’s 2015 Pacific Games team announced

Taekwondo’s 2015 Pacific Games team announced

Taekwondo Papua New Guinea (TPNG) yesterday announced a 30-member 2015 Pacific Games training squad. The squad is made up of two teams. Team A is the elite team, and Team B, is its development team. Of the 30, elite athletes Reina Peni (ENB), Anton Aitsi (POM), Ivan Kassman (POM), Colland Kokin (AROB), and London-bound Theresa Tona make up Team A. Team B is: Male – Sebastine Alewa, Ezra Kereku (54kg), Albert Karulaka, Robu Boegavi, Norris…

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Taekwondo trials set for Sunday

Taekwondo trials set for Sunday

By Keith Puaria Taekwondo Papua New Guinea (TPNG) will hold its 2015 Pacific Games selection trials on Sunday at the Sir John Guise indoor complex. It is also its first national championships and TPNG has set its sights on the major Port Moresby event in less than three years. At least 50 fighters are confirmed to vie for spots in two teams that TPNG will be selecting from the trials. More clubs are yet to…

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Iron Monk

Iron Monk

  A fierce new Triad boss arrives in London’s Chinatown to find his profits have tumbled. The cause? An enigmatic Shaolin Monk has turned people away from drugs and prostitution; his guidance is now their ‘protection’. The Triad try and force the Monk to leave but years of meditation have given him incredible kung fu skills. The Monk soon finds himself fighting to save not only his life but also the values he holds most…

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Tona wins gold

Tona wins gold

Olympic-bound Taekwondo athlete Theresa Tona added the Gold Coast Open 49kg gold medal to her bag en route to London on Saturday. Only two weeks after collecting the gold in the New South Wales Open and the South Australian Open in the same division, Tona dominated her rounds through to the final, all on knockouts. “She’s world class. She’s very strong,” coach Andy Rutten said last night. “As a coach, it is very satisfying when…

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Boxers make finals after withdrawals

Boxers make finals after withdrawals

Two Papua New Guinean boxers are one step closer to qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London after the finals in their respective divisions at the Oceania boxing championships at the Australia Institute of Sports in Canberra. The finals will be on Sunday. As anticipated, Charlie Keamu will take on Australian champion Ward Billy of Queensland in the 49kg division for a ticket to the London Games while Junior Kauka Raka will fight another Queenslander…

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Tona qualifies for London 2012 Olympics

Taekwondo international Thereas Tona qualified for the London 2012 Olympics for second consecutive time during the recent Pacific Games held in Noumea. The feisty Kairiku lass won silver and qualified under the 49kg division and making PNG the fourth country in the Pacific to qualify. The other countries that qualified are New Zealand with 3 competitors, Australia and Samoa with 2 and PNG with 1.    

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