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Vanuatu table tennis teams make history both winning gold

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Hosts Vanuatu won both team table tennis titles as the Pacific Mini Games.

The home crowd saw their country beat New Caledonia in both finals – 3-1 in the men’s and 3-0 in the women’s.

“We are 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 men’s player Ham 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 event and teams is what we have worked hard for over a long time.”

Fiji beat Papua New Guinea 3-1 for the men’s bronze medal, reports

“I was nervous, but I had family members and supporters who gave us strong support to get through to the final,” said Vanuatu’s women’s player Liopa Santhy.

In the women’s bronze medal contest, Fiji again beat Papua New Guinea, this time with a 3-0 scoreline.