Te Runga, the multi-sports national games of Kiribati, was recently held with Nooa Takooa and Matita Korimai winning the Men’s and Women’s Singles titles respectively. Both had to see off past cadet stars to take the top prize.
In the final of the Men’s Singles Takooa defeated Tauramoa Miita, a member of Team Oceania at the 2015 World Cadet Challenge. Meanwhile in the Women’s Singles Matita Korimai had to take down Atea Tetabo, who was a member Team Oceania at the 2004 World Cadet Challenge and remains the only ever female from the Micronesia Region to be selected in Team Oceania.
But it is Men’s Singles champion Nooa Takooa who has by far the most interesting sports background. Takooa, who represented Kiribati the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, is not only a talented table tennis athlete. He has also represented his nation multiple times in athletics. A highlight surely being running in the Men’s 100m event at the London Olympic Games, where he ran a personal best time of 11.53 in the preliminary qualification round. You can checkout Takooa’s London 2012 race here.
In the Team Events Beru Island was able to take top prize in the men’s category, seeing off Tarawa Urban Council, while Kuria took home bronze. In the women’s draw, Tarawa Urban Council was able to one up their men’s team, securing top place on the podium, leaving Betio Town Council to take silver and Butaritari with bronze.