Ellie Enock ,Vanuatu’s para- athlete gold medalist, is once again a gold winner at the Oceania Athletics Championship in Fiji yesterday in the shot- put event outshining everyone with a 7.09-meter throw.

Enock almost reached Oceania’s current record of 7.68 by Jess Gillan of New Zealand, a F34 classification athlete back in 2019.

Enock was runnered-up by T54/F57 Australian para -athlete Julie Charlton of Australia at 6.71 meters.

Solomon Islands’ Rose Lidia ended third place in the finals with Milly Marshall Kirkwood of New Zealand securing the fourth position with a 4.99m distance throw.

With the easy win, Vanuatu Paralympic Committee (VPC) Secretary General, Pamela Ryan, said the nation is thrilled to have Enoch as an elite athlete always doing her best to earn the best award as she defends the Vanuatu color’s.

“We are so happy with Ellie with her confidence and talent,, “Ryan expressed.

The qualifying distance for Paris 2024 is 7 metres, which Enock surpassed at Sol2023 and again yesterday in Suva.

The throw of 7.84m in the Pacific Games secured a placing percentage of 70.25 per cent against her F57 classification, the highest in the event, and the gold medal winning performance at Sol2023.

In the shot- put secured throw category, Para athletes’ results are measured against their classification to determine their final placing percentage.

A higher percentage closer to 100 indicates a better ranking and the highest ranked competitor at the end of the event is the winner.

SG Ryan also confirmed that VPC is proud and are waiting for the other two classified athletes Ken Kahu and Marceline Moli who will also be exposing themselves in Suva tod

Kahu and Moli were also with Ellie Enock last year at the Pacific games in the Solomon Islands where Enock grabbed gold and Kahu returned home with a silver in the male javelin thrown under the ambulant class 6-10 category and Moli claimed bronze in the female 100M ambulant (class 6-10 category).

The VPC athletes are also in Fiji with the able- bodied athletics team of Obediah Timbaci, Rizon Leo, Maukaulay Saunders, Toho Joshua, Isaac Dick, Lizbeth Kalobong, Lyza Malres and Chloe David coached by Reynolds Alatoa and Denny Kalanga.

In the recent Pacific games, Vanuatu Athletics outranked the other sports discipline returning home with a higher medal tally.