Tuvalua has never won a gold medal at the Pacific Games, only settling for silver and bronze in the past.Competing in powerlifting in the 120kg category, the 29 year old lifted a total of 337.5kg in the squat; 182.5kg in the bench press; and 285kg in the deadlift.He beat two other powerlifters from Nauru who settled for silver and bronze.Asked how he felt, a shy Ioesefa said he was a proud man but also surprised at how well he had done at the Games.He said he had only started fully training in 2013 and had not much international exposure.“I feel so proud to be the first to win gold for my country and make history. There will be big celebrations when I get back home to Tuvalu,” said Ioesefa.The small nation of Tuvalu has so far won two bronze in powerlifting and two silver medals in weightlifting for the Oceania Junior division at the 2015 Pacific Games.
President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias has accepted the proposal by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to serve a second term in Greece’s highest post, it was announced last week.“I accept the nomination for my re-election to the Presidency of Greece,” Papoulias said. Both ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) party and the main opposition New Democracy party endorse Papoulias’ second term at the post. The election is due in parliament in the forthcoming March. Papoulias was elected by an overwhelming parliamentary majority of 279 out of 300 votes to serve a five-year term in February 2005.He was sworn in as the 7th president of the Third Hellenic Republic on March 12, 2005. Papoulias, born in 1929, was a founding member of the PASOK and a close associate of its leader Andreas Papandreou. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram