THE Vanuatu Men’s Table Tennis team has won the second gold medal for Vanuatu, Wednesday evening.
In a tough match against New Caledonia, the Vanuatu team dominated the final with a score of 3/1. New Caledonia got silver for the men’s team events, while Fiji beat Papua New Guinea with 3/1 for the bronze medal.
Vanuatu National player, Ham Lulu said they were very excited because Team Vanuatu in the Pacific has always come third in the ranking.
“But finally we are able to play in front of our home crowd and we won gold,” said a beaming Lulu.
“It is history for us because both the women and men’s team won gold. We have been wining gold in other events but not in a team’s event and teams is what we have worked hard for in a long time.”
Henry Tavoa, Vanuatu’s Chef De Mission said they had known the history of women in the team’s event and expected them to win gold for the team event.
“However the boys have worked hard a long time to reach this level. New Caledonia is not an easy team to win but the men has managed to show that they are able to reach the women’s level in the teams’ event.”
Mr Tavoa said he was delighted to have witnessed the first time ever in history for the Men to win gold in the teams event.
“It is true that they will never give up and they go for gold,” he said.