New Zealand and Vanuatu Talents Triumph at ITTF-Oceania Olympic Singles Qualification

Securing Their Spots: New Zealand and Vanuatu Talents Triumph at ITTF-Oceania Olympic Singles Qualification

In a thrilling display of table tennis prowess, New Zealand’s Alfred Dela Pena and Vanuatu’s Priscila Tommy emerged victorious at the ITTF-Oceania Olympic Singles Qualification event held in the south of New Caledonia’s main island. Their commanding performances have earned them a spot at the prestigious Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Pena’s Dominant Display

The one-day tournament featured a round-robin format, with five men and five women from New Zealand, Fiji, and Vanuatu competing for the coveted Olympic berths. Pena, the 2022 ITTF Oceania Championships silver medallist, showcased his dominance by remaining unbeaten in all his matches, cementing his position as the top seed.

Pena’s most challenging encounter came against his compatriot, Timothy Choi. Despite going down in the first two sets, Pena rallied back with a commanding performance, winning the next four sets to secure a 4-2 victory and his place in the Paris Olympics.

Tommy’s Seasoned Brilliance

In the women’s singles, Vanuatu’s Priscila Tommy, a seasoned Olympian, displayed her experience and skill, emerging victorious over all four of her opponents. The 32-year-old athlete is thrilled to add the Paris ticket to her portfolio, having previously represented her country at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

“I feel very lucky and grateful to qualify for my outing at the Olympic Games! I am so excited, and I can’t wait to participate in July.”

Uncertain but Proud

While Pena’s qualification is not yet certain, as the decision lies with the New Zealand Olympic Committee, the table tennis star expressed his pride in his accomplishment.

“It’s funny because I might not go. I have qualified; however, it’s still not certain that I will go because it’s up to the New Zealand Olympic Committee to decide whether or not I’m going! So there is still a chance that New Zealand won’t be represented in table tennis at the Olympic Games. But I’m still very proud that I won today.”

These triumphant performances by Pena and Tommy have cemented their status as table tennis talents to watch out for at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games. With their exceptional skills and unwavering determination, they have secured their place on the world stage, ready to showcase their table tennis prowess and represent their nations with pride.

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