Women's javelin

Athletes from New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands were the historic inaugural Pacific Games medalists in women’s javelin ambulant, which was contested for the first time at Samoa 2019 Photo: Pacific Games News Service

Athletes from New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands made history at Apia Park Stadium on Tuesday, claiming the first ever medals in the inaugural Pacific Games women’s para javelin event at Samoa 2019.

New Caledonia’s Rose Vandegou claimed gold with a throw of 22.14 metres and a weighted score of 73.45 per cent, Vanuatu’s Elie Enock won silver with a throw of 13.56m and a weighted score of 43.03 per cent, and Solomon Islands’ Jeminah Otoa secured bronze with a throw of 18.25m and a score of 42.42 per cent.

The ambulant event, which means the athletes are standing, starred competitors with a range of disability classifications. The final results are calculated based on their throw distance and a score weighting that correspondents to the athlete’s para classification and how close their throw distance is to the record score in that classification, meaning the athletes had a nervous but exciting wait to confirm who had secured silverware while calculations took place.

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