New Caledonia archery team exceeds expectations.
New Caledonia's archery team expected to win one gold medal for the individual championships but instead grabbed five of the 12 medals on offer.
New Caledonia's Cacile Picot won gold in the women's recurve division with another gold and silver coming from Laurent Clerte and Henry Shiu in the men's compound division. Isabelle Dussol and Isabelle Soero added another silver and bronze in the women's recurve division.
Team Coach, Catherine Gougeon said they exceeded expectations on their first day of official competition, despite the challenge with the heat and humidity.
"We expected one gold today or two gold sure, but three will be very difficult and impossible today for gold today. But it's not finished.
"We have mixed teams and individual match play. Athletes will be very very difficult because of a lot of countries every year grow up in archery and shoot very well," she said.
There are nine archers altogether in New Caledonia's archery team in this edition of the Pacific Games.
Gougeon also commended Samoa's athletes in archery, including Samoa's first gold Medalist Jil Walter and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
"We’re very happy sure, but we are very very happy for the Samoan girl, because I know since long time ago I saw her as a little girl and I’m very happy she has won a gold medal for Samoa here," she said.
"I saw your Prime Minister and he shoots very well, and I saw him in the last Pacific Games in Samoa in 2007 and I think he’s the same, he’s grown up in archery too and I think you are very proud for your Prime Minister because today was very very difficult day for every archer."
The final medal ceremony for archery is on Thursday, which will also mark the end of the competition.