Indian Ocean Island Games: How did Mauritius perform?

Published on 2023-09-07 at 13:56
The 2023 Indian Ocean Island Games came to a close on Sunday, September 3rd, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. All in all, Mauritius secured 91 gold medals, 89 silver medals, and 103 bronze medals, finishing in second place just behind the host nation.

Mauritius excelled across a wide range of sports, accumulating an impressive total of 283 medals for this edition. Athletics played a significant role, contributing 27 gold medals, with several Games records broken, including remarkable performances by Jean Yan Carré in the hammer throw, Liliane Potiron in the triple jump, and Brigila Clair and Jean-François Sénèque in the discus throw.

In athletics, Mauritius particularly dominated, securing seventeen gold, sixteen silver, and thirteen bronze medals. Notable achievements included Noa Bibi's outstanding performance with three gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and as part of the 4x100m relay team alongside Jonathan Bardottier, Orphée Topize, and Joshan Vencatasamy. Additionally, Jérémie Cotte shone by winning the gold medal in the 400m.

Other athletes also showcased their talents, with Christopher Sophie (discus), Bernard Baptiste (shot put), Jean-Ian Carré (hammer throw), Jessika Rosun (javelin), and Juliane Clair (hammer throw) all claiming gold medals in the throwing events. In the field events, Alexandre Gentil excelled in the triple jump, while Dezardin Prosper demonstrated superiority in the high jump.

Exceptional performance in para-athletics

In para-athletics, Mauritian para-athletes secured a total of eleven gold, five silver, and one bronze medal. Brigila Clair, in particular, broke the Games record in shot put, as did Jean-François Sénèque. On the track, Brandi Perrine (1,500m wheelchair), Cédric Ravet (1,500m wheelchair), Mélissa Prudence (100m - adapted sports), Anndora Asaun (100m - visually impaired), Ashley Telvave (800m - adapted sports), and Yovanni Philippe (800m - adapted sports) all earned gold medals.

Contributions from other sports

Other sports also made significant contributions. Weightlifting secured 17 gold medals, badminton won five, and boxing claimed nine out of the 13 titles at stake. Swimming brought home 11 gold medals, including a clean sweep by Tessa Ip.

However, in team sports, Mauritians faced challenges, with the exception of the football team, which earned a bronze medal. Collective sports like basketball and handball did not reach the podium.

In the combat sports category, Mauritian boxing was unquestionably dominant, winning nine out of the thirteen titles available, solidifying its position as a leader in the Indian Ocean region. In racket sports, the local badminton team nearly achieved a clean sweep, earning seven gold medals in seven events, except for the women's and men's doubles finals where the Mauritian teams were defeated.

Final standings

In the final standings, Mauritius secured second place with 283 medals, including 91 gold, 89 silver, and 103 bronze medals. Madagascar claimed the top spot with 272 medals, consisting of 121 gold, 71 silver, and 80 bronze medals. Réunion finished third with 244 medals, including 80 gold, 90 silver, and 74 bronze medals. Seychelles took fourth place, followed by the Maldives, Comoros, and Mayotte to complete the rankings.