(L-R) Michel Nasse (bronze), Joe Mahit (silver) and Claude Kalo (bronze)

Judoka, Joe Mahit, won Vanuatu's first medal of the Mini Games, with a runners up effort in the men's 66kg category.

The 25-year-old, who went to the Rio Olympics, says a shoulder injury had been causing some trouble so he was more than happy with a silver medal.

"It makes me proud, really happy to win a medal in front of my home crowd just makes me really happy."

Vanuatu also won three more medals in judo with Kalo Claude taking third place behind Joe Mahit, Nasse Loic Michel finishing third in the men's 60kg division and Willie Tom taking silver in the men's 73kg division.

“This is my first ever medal at a Pacific Mini Games.

“I am happy with my performance, myself also new to the sport, a bronze medal for me is enough, and pays off for the 5 months hard work I had myself go through while in China for the training camp,” Michel Loic said.

At the stands the entire day from 9am till the medal ceremony was Michel’s proud father, Andre Nasse, who took the entire day off to come out and support his son.

“I always trusted my son would win a medal and he did, which made me really proud.”

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor


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