Sport: Pacific athletes in action as Comm Games kick off

Pacific athletes have a busy first day of competition ahead at the Commonwealth Games.

The best medal hopes are expected in weightlifting, while boxing, lawn bowls and swimming are among the other sports to get underway.

The first medals are up for grabs in weightlifting, with Fiji‘s Manueli Tulo and Nauru‘s Elson Brechtfeld competing in the men‘s 56kg division later this morning and Papua New Guinea‘s Morea Baru tipped as a strong medal contender in the 62kg division tonight.

Patrick Newman and Rocky Ratu are flying the Solomon Islands flag in the men‘s triathlon event, with Papua New Guinea‘s Rachel James the only Pacific Islander in the women‘s event.

PNG‘s Morea Baru, seen here in action at the 2016 Olympics, is touted as a medal contender on the Gold Coast Photo: AFP

A swag of Pacific nations are in action at Broadbeach on the first day of lawn bowls, with Fiji, Niue, Norfolk Islands, the Cook Islands, PNG and Tonga all taking to the greens.

Tevii Steven from Kiribati is one of four Pacific boxers in the ring today, while Samoa‘s Alania Suttie will be the first Pacific swimmer to take to the water.

Meanwhile the Fiji netballers face a daunting first-up pool match against Jamaica.