On Tuesday, the Archery competition got underway at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

The early fixture is about shooting to reach the qualification round for both Men and Women in the two disciplines – recurve and compound.

The total number of archers in Men’s Recurve was 13.

Arne Jensen from Tonga led the field by the end of this round with a total of 593, with Robert Elder from Fiji in close pursuit with a total of 588. Third on the leader board is Muaausa Walter from Samoa who shot a total of 545.

In the Women’s Recurve event, the field total is nine archers and by the conclusion of their first round the women from New Caledonia were looking strong.

Isabelle Soero shot an impressive total of 563, while Isabelle Vermande finished with 525 with a sizeable gap to third on the leaders board where Tonga’s Karoline Tatafu shot a total of 474.

The Men’s schedule then moved into the Compound Qualification round where again the talent of the New Caledonian archers came to the fore.

Henry Shiu shot a total of 686 to lead that section with Xavier Mangoen amassing a total of 673 to hold second place while Fiji’s Frederick Leota was hot on their tails with a total of 648.

The Women’s Compound competition has only two archers Cecile Reuillard from New Caledonia who scored a total of 631 placing her ahead of her only rival Lisa Leota from Fiji who finished with a total of 568.

Tomorrow Archery will recommence 9am with the elimination rounds. Individual medal matches are scheduled to take place at 1pm.

By Antas Tavuti