New Caledonia celebrates gold clean sweep in karate

New Caledonia claimed the spoils in the Female Team Kata, Female Team Kumite, Male Team Kata, Male Open Kumite and the Male Team Kumite events.

New Caledonia’s Iwe ReneHmana defeated Nigel Bana from Papua New Guinea to win gold in the Male Open Kumite, leaving Bana withsilver.

In the Male Team Kata event, New Caledonia won gold and Vanuatu picked up silver. New Caledonia also beat Vanuatu in the Male Team Kumite. Vanuatu claimed silver and Papua New Guinea bronze.

5 medals in karate

A silver medal went to Vincent Bougen in the men’s -84kg division.

Crystal Mari also won silver in the women’s -60kg kumite (sparring).

A bronze medal went to Nigel Bana in the men’s -60kg Kumite.

Cosmas Saliawali and Crystal Mari both took out bronze medals for the PNG karate team in the men’s and women’s individual kata respectively.

PNG karate team coach Trevor Roberts encouraged the team to keep training hard for competitions such as the VAN2017 Pacific Games.

Catherine Wilson proud for silver in karate

The 19 year old won silver after she was defeated 6-0 by gold medallist Fijian Drodrolagi Kidia in the female individual kumite -61kg category.

Catherine said the silver medal means a lot because this is her first Pacific Games and first ever medal.