1 in the bag

Apolonia Vaivai and her Commonweakth Games bronze medal with her mum Mereoni Tatagi after the competition yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Apolonia Vaivai and her Commonweakth Games bronze medal with her mum Mereoni Tatagi after the competition yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

APOLONIA Vaivai has won Fiji?s first medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which is Fiji?s third by a woman in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

Vaivai, 27, won a bronze in the 2014 games and repeated the feat yesterday in the women?s 69kg category.

The only other woman to have won a medal in the Commonwealth Games is judoka Sisilia Nasiga who won silver at the 2002 games.

Vaivai?s mother, Mereoni Tatagi, who travelled to watch her baby girl perform was over the moon.

?I am happy for Apolonia in getting a medal after all those years of hard work and sacrifice.

?It is always a proud moment to see your son or daughter win a medal and it was my first time to see my daughter lift in an overseas competition,? she said.

Vaivai lifted a total of 216 kilograms, 100kg in the snatch and 116kg in the clean and jerk.

India?s Punam Yadav won gold with a total lift of 222kg, 100kg in the snatch and 122kg in the clean and jerk while English lifter Sarah Davies won silver with a total lift of 217kg.

Vaivai could not lift her final attempt of 122kg.

?In 2014, I competed at a heavier body weight (75kg) and now I have gone down to the 69kg. I have given something back to my country even though I missed out on gold,? she said.

?The journey had been tough for me with ups and downs in life but I am glad I have something after I missed a gold medal. All the pain and the sufferings from the past four years have paid off at the end.

?It is the first time for my mother to travel out of Fiji and she would be going home with a Commonwealth Games bronze medal,? she said.

?She had always been there supporting me in my weight-lifting career.?

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