Tahiti paddles to clean sweep in va’a

Tahiti women's V6-500m and V6-1500m teams were unbeatable on Monday. Photo by David Wesley.

Tahiti women’s V6-500m and V6-1500m teams were unbeatable on Monday. Photo by David Wesley.

By Leslie Omaro, Games News Service

PORT MORESBY, July 6 – Tahiti has claimed a clean sweep of gold medals on day one of Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games va’a competition at the Naval Base on Monday.

Tahiti was defending titles in four events on Monday and was expected to be pushed by New Caledonia in each, but when the paddles hit the water, New Caledonia could only challenge in one.

The men’s V6-500m was the closest result of the day with Tahiti beating New Caledonia by just .06 seconds, Wallis and Futuna claimed bronze.

Papua New Guinea won its only va’a medal of the day, a silver, in the women’s V6-500m, while Wallis and Futuna won its second bronze.

After the women’s V6-500m final Tahiti team captain Utiutirei Flores (TAH) praised her team’s gold medal performance.

“I am very happy with the win, it was a very good team effort,” she said.

Tahiti continued its dominance in the longer events.

In the men’s V6-1500m Tahiti had to fend off a late challenge from the Cook Islands for gold with Guam following the pair across the line to take bronze.

The Cook Islands took its second va’a silver of the day behind Tahiti in the women’s V6-1500m. Fiji took bronze.

Tuesday will see the sprint events on the water with gold medals being decided in men’s and women’s V1-500m and V12-500m.

GNS lo/jf

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