New Caledonia and Tahiti swimmers make gold history in Samoa

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Tina Mata'afa-Tufele is a Pasifika journalist that has been writing and covering news related to the Samoan experience for over a decade. She's written for Samoa News in American Samoa, Tuatalatala.com (covering news from Hawaii, the U.S.

  • Pacific Games first medal winners in open sea swimming
    Pacific Games first medal winners in open sea swimming

Swimmers Charlotte Robin of New Caledonia and Rahiti De Vos of Tahiti – have made history in Samoa as the first athletes to win gold medals in the XVI Pacific Games.

Robin (women's) and De Vos (men's) won gold in the 500km Open Water Swimming event held at the Sheraton in Mulifanua.

New Caledonia won four medals in the event: two silvers and one bronze.

Fiji claimed one bronze medal in the women's open water swimming.

Robin won gold at the same event in the Pacific Games hosted by Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2015.

Swimming events at the newly refurbished  Aquatic Centre in Tuanaimato open Tuesday morning 9 July, 2019.