Vanuatu at the 2012 Summer Paralympics

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Vanuatu at the
2012 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
NPCVanuatu Paralympic Committee
in London
Competitors1 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Marcel Houssimoli
Summer Paralympics appearances
An interview with the Marcel Houssimoli and his coach in London

Vanuatu is participating in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom, from August 29 to September 9, 2012.[1] The country initially hoped to send athletes to compete in wheelchair tennis and track and field.[2] Ultimately, however, its delegation was to consist in only one athlete, Marcel Houssimoli, in three sprinting events.[3] He was the country's flag-bearer during the Games' opening ceremony.[4]


Marcel Houssimoli in London
Marcel's coach in London
Marcel and his coach in London

Marcel Houssimoli, a right hand amputee, received a wildcard invitation to compete in the men's 100m and 200m in the T37 disability category, and in the men's 400m T38.[3][5][6] As the country's only competitor, he was also the country's opening ceremonies flag bearer.[7]

In heat 1 in the 200m, he finished sixth and last, in 30.12 s.[8] He was the only athlete not to use the starting blocks, and finished more than five seconds behind fifth-placed Rhys Jones of Great Britain.[9]

In heat 1 in the 400m, he finished fifth and last, in 1:09.03, more than fifteen seconds behind the other athletes; the crowd cheered him on to the finish line. He was the only T37 athlete in the race; his opponents, categorised T38, had a lower level of disability. Despite his slow time, he qualified for the final as a fastest loser.[10][11] He finished seventh and last in the final, improving his time to 1:07.61, fourteen seconds behind sixth-placed Marius Stander of South Africa.[10]

In heat 1 in the 100m, he finished 9th and last, in 14.55.[12]

Men’s Track and Road Events
Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Marcel Houssimoli 100m T37 14.55 9 Did not advance
200m T37 30.12 6 Did not advance
400m T38 1:09.03 5 q 1:07.61 7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All Oceania Nations to Head to London 2012 Together", International Paralympic Committee, 9 September 2011
  2. ^ "Vanuatu Paralympic Committee Aims for London 2012", Vanuatu Paralympic Committee, 15 July 2012
  3. ^ a b Vanuatu athletes, London 2012 official website
  4. ^ "Hellen to carry our flag" Archived 2012-12-16 at, Solomon Star, 26 August 2012
  5. ^ "VAN PARALYMPIC ATHLETE IN THE OLYMPICS", Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee
  6. ^ "Houssimoli i redi from London 2012 Paralympics", Vanuatu Daily Post, 13 August 2012
  7. ^ "List of Opening Ceremony flag bearers". August 29, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Results : men's 200m T37, London 2012 official website
  9. ^ "Athlétisme - Qualifications et Finales", France Télévisions, 31 August 2012
  10. ^ a b Men's 400m - T38, London 2012 official website
  11. ^ "Athlétisme - Qualifications et Finales", France Télévisions, 2 September 2012
  12. ^ Men's 100m - T37, London 2012 official website