The Golden 1990’s – Part Three

Boxing won one gold, three silver and three bronze to Athletics’ one gold, one silver and three bronze.

The Boxing gold went to Moli Livo in the 51kg Division. The three silver medals went to Jimmy Yeon (54kg Division), Peter Tao (63.5kg Division) and Carl David (71kg Division). Bronze medals were won by Donny Alick (60kg Division), Samson Sam (67kg Division) and Kalie Jacabus (81kg Division).

It is important to highlight the good history of Boxing in the earlier Games, and remind the sporting public of their ability and success. Interviews and photos will help bring their legacy to life.

In Athletics, the gold medal was won by Tawai Keiruan in the 3000m Steeplechase (9:30.86). He added a silver medal in the 1500m (3:59.88) and a bronze in the 5000m (15:58.40) to demonstrate a good range in ability. He was the only individual medalist for Athletics Vanuatu.

Once again the relays proved to be good bronzed events for Vanuatu. In the Men’s 4 x 100m the quartet of Baptiste Firiam, Jansen Molisingi, Laurence Jack and Jude Brown Tabeleo recorded the time of 42.11 seconds to win the bronze medal. The bronze medal in the 4 x 400m Relay was won by the quartet of Tavakalo Kailes, Jude Brown Tabeleo, Baptiste Firiam and Harrison Solomon in the time of 3:21.56.

In the absence of Mary-Estelle Kapalu, there were no women athletes from Vanuatu. She would, however, return in two years’ time and be even more dominant.

The final South Pacific Games of the 1990’s were held in Guam. This time around Guam 1999 was much better prepared than they were in 1975 and the Games proceeded smoothly

Vanuatu won 2 gold medals, 8 silver and 12 bronze, and they were spread across five different sports.

Two team events brought bronze medals. Netball defeated Norfolk Island 41-36 in the play off for the third place. The gold was won by Fiji who defeated PNG 60-32. In Rugby Sevens the Vanuatu men defeated the Solomon Islands 26-7 and Fiji won the gold medal defeating PNG 40-12.

Table Tennis got on the medal table at last with three silver medals and two bronze.

The silver medals went to Wei-Yein Wong in the Women’s Singles, to Wei-Yang Wong and Anolyn Lulu in the Women’s Doubles, and to the quartet of Kerian Mok, Wei-Yein Wong, Annoline Lulu & Emmeline Lulu in the Women’s Team event. The bronze medal was won by Kerian Mok and Anolyn Lulu in the Women’s Doubles and Anolyn Lulu in the Women’s Singles.

Check with Anolyn Lulu about the spelling of her name. In some Games it has been Anoline.

 Boxing won four bronze medals – Michael Manses (51kg Division), Obro Tanakata (67kg), Eric Wassoeb (71kg) and Kalie Jacobus (75kg).

 Another of the martial arts, Karate, saw three medals – three silver and a two bronze. The silver medals were won by Stiphrile Siley in the Men 70kg and Henry Wolka in the Men 75kg and Noel Lango in the Men’s Open Division. The bronze medals went to John Lui in the Men 80kg and the Men’s Team Event.

 The gold medals for Vanuatu came predictably from Mary-Estelle Kapalu who yet again won the 400m in the Games Record time of 54.30 seconds and the 400m Hurdles also in a Games Record of 48.90 seconds. Like she did in Tahiti four years before she added a bronze medal in the 200m (25.16 seconds) and a silver in the 800m (2:18.33).

 Tawai Keiruan won his 4th medal in the 3000m Steeplechase, this time being the silver in 9:45.23. The only other Athletics medal was to Lily Beth Hunai in the 1500m, where her third place in 4:59.49 won her the bronze medal and a new Vanuatu National Record.

 The Golden 1990’s was at an end and a new millennium beckoned.


Which of the stars of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s were honoured with being the flag bearer at the different Pacific Games, Mini Games, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Francophone Games? Now would be a good time to remind the public of the honours bestowed on those special people.

 Does Vanuatu yet have a Sporting Hall of Fame? If not, then there are many mentioned in the reports done so far, who must stand a chance of being nominated and eventually inducted.


 Bob Snow


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