The odds for Lucini doing so are favourable as New Caledonia is a traditional powerhouse in triathlon. It has won 10 out of 18 medals, five of them gold, in men’s, women’s and team events at the past two Pacific Games.
Tahiti is generally regarded as New Caledonia’s toughest rival in triathlon, and won gold in the women’s sprint in 2011, but Manuelia Heitz will not compete in Port Moresby.
Peter Lombard is the other returning medallist, having won team bronze with Guam at Noumea 2011.
There will be three gold medal events contested at Port Moresby 2015: men’s elite, women’s elite and a team event.
The competition consists of a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
Each Pacific Games Association (PGA) is allowed to send up to six competitors, three women and three men.
In the team event, the times of the top three finishers in a PGA are added together to determine the gold medal winner with one of the three having to be from the opposite sex.
New Caledonia took the team title in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
There are two components to the event, course familiarisation, which will take place on Saturday July 4, and competition, which will be on the following day.
The swim will take place at the Lancron Naval Base. There will then be transitions to bike and run stages and the finish will be at the Hubert Murray Stadium.
The women’s race begins at 08:45 with the men’s scheduled for 10:15.
HRH Prince Andrew will be presenting the medals to the winners at the stadium shortly after the finish.
Pacific Games Media