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Grandma lifts records

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

THE national powerlifting team set some records and returned from the Commonwealth/Oceania Powerlifting Championship in Manukau, New Zealand with three medals.

But the biggest achievement in the event was when 60-year-old grandmother Sainimili Turner broke four Oceania records in her competition.

She said competition was tough in the M3 (Masters) especially by those from the Commonwealth nations.

"There over 1000 competitors in the championship overall and some of these guys were breaking world records so that shows how tough the competition was," Turner said.

She broke her first record in the Oceania squat which stood at 102.5kg by lifting 155kg.

Then came the deadlift where she shattered the previous record of 115.5kg by lifting 150kg.

In the bench press competition, the record stood at 62.5kg but it was no match for Turner as she set a record of 90kg.

This took her total to 395kg which also broke the long-standing record of 267.5kg.

"But I am not going to retire yet. I am looking forward to next year where I will compete in the World Championship in June and the Asian Oceania event in December.

"The main target is the 2015 Pacific Games which would be held in Papua New Guinea."

The other lifters who competed in the event were teenagers Isaiah Elder, Sefanaia Cakautini and 16-year-old debutante Maria Chong.

Form Four student of Jai Narayan College, Chong won a silver medal in her first international competition.

Elder, 17, won a gold in his sub-junior competition with record breaking lifts while Cakautini narrowly missed out on a medal because of technical faults.