Tahitians dominate first day of shooting

Gold medallist in the men's 10m air pistol, Tahiti's  Gabriel Lan San (centre) is flanked on the podium by Norfolk Island pair, silver medallist Kevin Coulter (left) and bronze medallist Douglas Creek. Photo: Emelda Arabagali

Gold medallist in the men’s 10m air pistol, Tahiti’s Gabriel Lan San (centre) is flanked on the podium by Norfolk Island pair, silver medallist Kevin Coulter (left) and bronze medallist Douglas Creek. Photo: Emelda Arabagali

By Mr Pilipus Garpet

PORT MORESBY, July 6 – Tahitians Marie-Louise Normand and Gabriel Lan San won double individual gold on the first day of shooting at the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games on Monday, with Lan San grabbing a team gold as well.

Normand shot a total of 181.3 in the women’s 10m air pistol at June Valley Shooting Range to finish well clear of Papua New Guinea’s Tania Mairi (173.9) in second with Amalia Duenas from Guam taking bronze with a total of 154.3.

Gabriel Lan San then won the men’s 10m air pistol event ahead of two Norfolk Island marksmen, Kevin Coulter, who took silver, and Douglas Creek, who bagged bronze.

In the women’s team event, Guam won gold through Duenas, Hope Delos Reya and Maria Theresa Cenzon with a tally of 962 while Mairi and teammates Winifred Sauna and Carmelita Donald won silver for Papua New Guinea (909).

No bronze medal was awarded as only Guam and PNG had enough competitors to meet the team criteria.

The men’s team event was won by Tahiti, giving Lan San a second gold medal for the day, while Fiji won silver and PNG bronze.

Shooting continues at the June Valley venue on Tuesday with two events – the women’s 25m pistol and the mixed 25m pistol.

GNS pg

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