Fiji triumphed in both the men's and women's 4x100m relays ©Pacific Games News Service

Fiji finished sporting action at Apia Park with a flourish by earning five athletics titles at the venue, including both the 4x100 metres relay crowns.

The women’s sprint relay title proved a surprise result, with Papua New Guinea heading into the race as favourites, partly due to triple gold medallist Toea Wisil anchoring the team.

The Fijian team of Yonis Bese, Elenani Tinai, Makeretea Naulu and Heleina Young had other ideas, with the quartet coming through to take the victory in 45.76 seconds.

Papua New Guinea were forced to settle for second in 45.97, while a time of 50.34 gave Vanuatu bronze.

Fiji concluded the evening in style with Albert Miller, Tony Lemeki, Jim Calasau and Banuve Tabakaucoro winning the men’s 4x100m in 40.18.

The success gave Tabakaucoro a third gold medal of the Games, following his victories in the 100m and 200m.

Hosts Samoa placed second in 40.26, as Papua New Guinea completed the medal positions in 41.34.

The relay results capped a fine hour for Fiji, as their team earned three gold medals in field events.

The biggest surprise came in the women’s ambulant put competition, partly due to Fiji’s Naibaili Vatunisolo initially receiving a silver in the medal ceremony of the Para sport event.

It was later revealed that a mathematical error had led to the wrong result being announced, with the final results are calculated based on an athlete’s throw distance and their classification.

Eugene Vollmer defended his men's triple jump title ©Pacific Games News Service
Eugene Vollmer defended his men's triple jump title ©Pacific Games News Service

Vatunisolo was subsequently promoted to the gold medal position and a second medal ceremony held.

Rose Vandegou was absent from the second ceremony, with the New Caledonia athlete having dropped from gold to silver.

Vanuatu’s Elie Enock rose to bronze in the revised standings, but it saw the Solomon Islands’ Melvina Voua miss out on a podium place.

Eugene Vollmer clinched gold by the narrowest of margins in the men’s triple jump event.

The Fijian produced a personal-best 15.53 metres to defend his title by just 0.02m from Papua New Guinea’s Peniel Richard, who jumped 15.51m.

New Caledonia’s Ulric Buama claimed bronze with a jump of 14.45m.

Fiji’s fifth title came in the men’s shot put where Mustafa Fall achieved a distance of 17.75m, with Tumatai Dauphin of Tahiti ending closest to the winner on 17.40m.

Bronze was claimed by Samoa’s home favourite Nathaniel Sulupo on 16.07m.

Papua New Guinea had proved the dominant nation in athletics competitions at the Games, with Poro Michlyn Gahekave having been a big part of their success.

Relle Kaputin defended her women's long jump title ©Pacific Games News Service
Relle Kaputin defended her women's long jump title ©Pacific Games News Service

The distance runner had already earned gold medals in the 1,500m and 5,000m earlier this week.

She completed the hat-trick by winning the women’s 3,000m steeplechase in 11:38.42, followed by her team mate Mary Tenge in 11:59.25.

Guam’s Alison Bowman rounded off the podium in a time of 12:15.65.

Gahekave will now target a fourth gold in the half marathon tomorrow.

Australia’s Ian Dewhurst set a new Pacific Games record in the men’s 400m hurdles by winning the event in 50.86.

Papua New Guinea’s Daniel Baul and Ephraim Lerkin completed the medal positions with times of 51.80 and 52.82, respectively.

The women’s title was earned by Papua New Guinea’s Donna Koniel in a time of 1:00.14, with the defending champion ending less than a second clear of Fiji’s Ana Baleveicau.

Annie Topal took the bronze medal in 1:02.39.

Papua New Guinea’s Topal had completed the race shortly after winning a silver medal in the long jump, having already won a triple jump gold.

She managed a distance of 5.68m to finish as the runner-up to her compatriot and defending champion Relle Kaputin, who managed 6.15m.

Vanuatu’s Lyza Malres secured bronze by jumping 5.55m.