Pacific Paralympians London 2012 Campaign Begins
Marcel Houssimoli, from Vanuatu, opened the London 2012 Paralympic campaign for the Pacific nations by running a personal best in the 200m. Over the coming days athletes from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga will also compete in athletics and powerlifting.
Today Marcel competed in the 200m in the T37 class for athletes with cerebral palsy and took 2 seconds off his personal best time.
His coach, Tony Naliupis, said he was proud of Marcel’s efforts.
“This is the first time that a ni-Vanuatu athlete has competed in track events at a Paralympic Games. I am proud that we have got Vanuatu to the Paralympics and happy that today Marcel ran his personal best.”
Marcel will compete again on Sunday morning in London in the 400m.
The next Pacific nation to compete at London 2012 will be Papua New Guinea when Francis Kompaon competes in the heats of the 200m later tonight.
Francis was the silver medal winner of the T46 100m in Beijing and is determined to run his best tonight.