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Pravin Narain In Vanuatu
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

ARIETA Mudunavoce was the happiest person not because she took bronze medal but because she met her grandmother Annie Shing, who had lived in Port Vila, Vanuatu for the past 57 years.

The 24-yea-old settled for a bronze medal in the women's 53kg competition in 2017 Pacific Mini Games yesterday.

"I came here in 1960 with my husband, we are both teachers in Vanuatu," Annie said.

"I am happy with Arieta and proud of her achievement in the competition.

"I knew about her but we had never met ever since she was born so it is a double celebration for us. I was surprised when I came to know that she was married and had children."

Mudunavoce lifted 56kg in the snatch, 70kg in clean and jerk and lifted a total of 126kg.

"I am happy to meet my grandmother and it gave me extra boost to have her during the competition and helped me go further," Mudunavoce said.

"Her presence made me think that I was never competing away from home. I am planning to spend more time with her after the competition ends.."

Meanwhile, Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guniea won a gold medal after lifting a total of 190kg while Mary Kini Lifu of Solomon Islands settled for a silver medal.

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