The island of Fiji has again won the Oceania Kurash championships for teams in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday 6 May 2005. This was the second time in three years that the tiny island came out on top of the Oceania group.
The final was a very tight affair with Lee Calder from New Zealand winning his match by khalol. In the second of the three matches, Justin Mitchell of New Zealand was leading by chala and got penalized (tanbekh) with two second left on the clock, therefore losing to Pelasio Rageci of Fiji. So it went down to the final match, and who better to trust with the crisis match, than Nacanieli Takayawa from Fiji. Takayawa played brilliantly in the final match beating Andrew Pragnell by khalol to win the gold medal for Fiji.
In the semi finals, New Zealand beat Papua New Guinea and Fiji beat Tahiti.
The final standing in the team event was:
2nd New Zealand
3rd Tahiti and Papua New Guinea.
The individual championships had Kurash at the highest level ever seen in Oceania. Twenty Four players from 9 different nations played hard but fair in the true spirit of Kurash to get to the top. Here are the results:
Men under 66: 1st Lee Calder (NZ), 2nd Raymond Ovinoy (PNG), 3rd Troy McKinlay (NZ) and Numa Keneke (PNG)
Men under 81 Kg: 1st Pelasio Rageci (Fiji), 2nd Justin Mitchell (NZ), 3rd Tehiva Guion (Tah) and Rehia Davio (Tah).
Men over 81 Kg: 1st Nacanieli Takayawa (Fiji), 2nd Andrew Pragnell (NZ), 3rd Bernard Dirollo (Tah) and Michael Helm (Germany).
Participating nations: New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, American Samoa, Saipan, Papua New Guinea, Germany, Japan and Russia.
During the awards ceremony, the president of the Oceania Kurash Confederation, Mr. Johan Boshoff, presented the new book on Kurash, written by Mr. Komil Yusupov, to member countries of the Oceania Confederation. The books were gratefully accepted by the recipients and thanks were given to Mr. Yusupov for his hard work.
06 May 2005