31 Aug 2012

Sport: First Pacific Paralympians in action on day one

10:17 am on 31 August 2012

The first Pacific athletes are in action on Friday night at the London Paralympics with Papua New Guinea's Francis Kompaon and Vanuatu's Marcel Houssimoli competing in the 200m heats.

Kompaon won a silver medal in the 100m at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Vanuatu's Chef de Mission in London, Andrew Bynon, says Houssimoli has tapered off in training over the past few days and while he's hopeful, they're not expecting a medal.

"Our goal has always been to attend. Now that we're here we expect that Marcel is going to run his best. Having a look at the times of what the other competitors are running in this event, I don't expect at this point that we will make it through to the medals but fingers crossed you never know what's going to happen and he might pull something out."