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Vaivai sets her sight on 2016 Rio Olympics

Maciu Malo
Sunday, August 10, 2014

COMMONWEALTH Games bronze medallist Apolonia Vaivai has set her focus on the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The Fijian weightlifter, who won the bronze and Fiji's lone medal at the Games, arrived in the country on Friday with high hopes to do the country proud at the Olympics.

The Taveuni lass said her achievement at the Glasgow Games has inspired her to work hard and to represent the country at the Rio Games.

She said she was honoured to win Fiji a medal ahead of many top lifters from around the world.

"I have never felt like this before and I thank everyone for their support especially my coach for having faith in me," she said.

"I am blessed and excited to reach this far.

"Winning a medal for my country is a huge achievement for my career and I will continue to work hard to fulfil my goal of participating at the Rio Games."

The 23-year-old, who is based in New Caledonia, is looking forward for more competitive games to improve her performance.

Vaivai won a bronze medal with a total lift of 209kg at the Scotland meet.

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