8 Jul 2013

Sport: Vanuatu duo proud of historic effort of Beach Volleyball World Champs

11:04 am on 8 July 2013

Henriette Iatika says after a breakthrough showing at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Poland, Vanuatu's next aim is to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Iatika and partner Miller Elwin finished in tie for ninth place after a fairytale run that was only ended by the eventual champions from China.

It was the first time a Pacific team had ever qualified for the World Championships and Iatika says she was proud of their performances.

"It was a very tough game between Vanuatu and China, like the first set. No matter we lost against China but we're still very happy because we make it to the top nine and especially for us we made our country happy because of the performance."

Henriette Iatika