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Vaivai targets top 10 finish in Glasgow

Arin Kumar
Thursday, June 19, 2014

WEIGHTLIFTER Apolonia Vaivai is targeting a top 10 finish at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland next month.

The Levuka lass has been training for the event at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute (OWI) in New Caledonia and is back in the country to sort out her visa application for Scotland.

She said the training at the OWI was intense and she wanted to improve her personal best at the Commonwealth Games.

"I am training three times a day with athletes from Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Palau, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia along with lifters from New Caledonia," Vaivai said.

"My aim is to improve on my personal best and I am also targeting a top 10 finish."

Weightlifting Fiji official Della Shaw said Vaivai had been training in New Caledonia from last December and her performance had improved.

"She has increased her personal best by 12 kilos since she joined the OWI," she said.

"Recently she won a silver medal at the Oceania Championships in the 75kg category and is aiming to improve her lifts for the Commonwealth Games."

Shaw said the training at the OWI and another international competition should equip her for the Commonwealth Games.

"She is continuing with her training while in Fiji and then she will return to the OWI and on the first week of July, she will compete in an event in Rome which should be a good build-up for her.

After that she will join Team Fiji in Glasgow."

Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee CEO Lorraine Mar said Vaivai's eventual aim should be to qualify on merit for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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