Her silver medal in the open women’s shotput takes Team Cook Islands medal tally to a total 17 – 10 bronze medals, now four silver medals and three gold medals.
Tapoki said she was “very happy” with her performance considering shot put is not her main focus event.
In the preliminary round, Tapoki threw the second furthest distance of 13.69m to progress to the finals with Fiji’s strongwoman Miliki Tuivanuavou throwing the furthest distance with a 14.15m throw.
In the final, Tapoki threw an impressive 14.31m followed up with a 13.78m put and a final throw of medal-winning effort of 14.19m.
While impressive, here distances were not enough to secure gold as Tuivanuavou threw the shot put to 14.48m before sealing the gold medal with a huge 14.55m throw on her last attempt.
For Tapoki the silver medal win will serve as inspiration ahead of her preferred discipline of discus which she will compete in this evening from 6pm local time.
“I’m really happy with my shot put throw because its not the event I’ve focused on,” Tapoki said.
On the podium, Tapoki fought back tears of pride as she dedicates her medal to her babies Dancy (4) and nine-month old Ngapoko.
She would like to thank everyone who has supported her in her campaign and she’s looking forward to her final discus event in which she currently holds the Pacific record.
Tapoki would also like to say meitaki maata to her colleagues at the Cook Islands Police Service for all their support.