AN injured foot prevented Isikeli Waqa from breaking the Pacific Games record but it did not prevent him from winning gold.
Competing at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna, the 19-year-old claimed the men's high jump title with a height of 1.98m.
He was the only jumper to successfully clear the bar at the height and his closest opponent, David Jessem of Papua New Guinea, finished at 1.96m.
New Caledonia's Christopher Makatuki settled for bronze at a height of 1.87m.
After confirming the gold medal, Waqa asked for the bar to be raised to 2.05m, which was one centimetre above the Pacific Games record, however, he failed to clear the bar with three attempts.
The Gau lad said he could have done better because his personal best stood at 2.05m.
"I had been carrying the injury for a while now but I am happy with the gold medal."
Waqa was competing against the former champion in the discipline, Jessem and New Caledonia and Tahiti athletes who train in France.
"I was scared at first but then I got used to it and it was a good experience jumping with such good jumpers."
The former Marist Brothers High School student said he would now take a month's rest before beginning his preparations for the Oceania Championships later this year.
"I would like to thank our major sponsors Trivest and Tau Sports for their support and my family and friends for backing me all the way."