Matheo Lada of Tahiti leapt higher than anyone else at a sun-drenched National Stadium on Wednesday to claim gold in the men’s pole vault at the Sol2023 Pacific Games.
He won with a height of 4.70 metres. Two New Caledonian athletes were next best, each jumping 4.30 metres. Eric Reuillard, who was the defending champion this event, claimed silver, while his fellow countryman Vadim Strougar settled for bronze.
The 24-year-old gold medallist said it was a tough battle, but he was satisfied with his performance.
“It was a little difficult and too hot but I’m happy to pull through until the end. I’ve been training for this moment since I was 17 and to represent my country is truly an amazing experience,” he said.
By Delisha Koime, Pacific Games News Service