Country with population of 1,600 secures its first-ever Commonwealth Games medal

The tiny island of Niue has won its first ever Commonwealth Games medal despite having a population of just 1,600 people.

Boxer Duken Tutakitoa-Williams stopped Cook Islands' Michael Schuster in the second-round of their clash on Thursday evening. In doing so the heavyweight earned a place in the semi-finals, which guaranteed him at least a bronze.

That means South Pacific island country Niue has been able to clinch its first medal across any sport throughout its history in the games. Meanwhile, The Cook Islands, also located in the South Pacific off New Zealand, missed out on its second potential medal ever.

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Niue brought 15 athletes, ten men and five women, across three sports to the Games in Birmingham. And while it lost out in the weightlifting and lawn bowls events, boxing is where the island finally found glory.

It comes after Tutakitoa-Williams received a bye to reach the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Samoan Sam Plodzicki-Faoagli faced Andy Andall of Grenada in the quarter-finals.

Another of the heavyweight division clashes was Papua New Guinea's Arthur Lavalou, who took on another recipient of a bye in Lewis Williams of England. Williams as one of the section's favourites came out on top and also guaranteed himself a medal in the process.

He will face Edgardo Coumi in the next round for a place in the final after the Australian came out on top against Japheth Olton of Anguilla.


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