Friday, 7 September 2007 2:45 PM

Leong Wins Country's First Gold in Tennis

Solomon Islands Tennis ace, Michael Leong, has won the country's first gold medal in the 13th South Pacific games in Apia, Samoa.

Reports from Radio Australia have stated that the young tennis player, Michael Leong, won his final in the men's singles 6-1 6-1 over good friend, Juan Langton, of Samoa.

"Oh it's a lot, I mean our country, if I'm correct, hasn't got one yet. I mean there's events going on and to get gold for my country is something special and I hope it continues and for the rest of the country for the sports they play they do their best and try their best for their country," said the young tennis ace.

Team coach, Joel Benjamin, told Radio Australia's, John Papik, that he hopes this win will mean the equal distribution of funds to all sports in the Solomon Islands, including tennis.

The win by Michael Leong will now push up the Solomon Islands medal placement.

In related news, the Solomon Islands have also won two silver medals and a bronze medal in the wrestling event, a sport dominated by the Micronesians.