Weight-lifters on track for the Commonwealth Games

WEIGHTLIFTING Fiji is on track to do the country proud at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia.

This comes as they won three gold and one silver medal at the Australian Open last weekend.

In a press statement yesterday, Weightlifting Fiji stated that Eileen Cikamatana, Apolonia Vaivai and Taniela Rainibogi won their respective weight categories with Poama Qaqa winning a silver medal and setting a new personal best.

Apolonia Vaivai won the women’s 75kg event with a lift of 215kg.

“She snatched 95kg and lifted 120kg in the clean & jerk. Apolonia (Vaivai) had been nursing a back injury heading into this competition and so it is good to see her recover from this and get back into form,” president Atma Maharaj said.

“Eileen Cikamatana won the women’s 90kg category with a lift of 243kg. She lifted 108kg in the snatch and 135kg in the clean and jerk. She narrowly missed 112kg in the snatch and 145kg in the clean & jerk. If she was successful in these lifts, she would have yet again set a new Oceania and Commonwealth record heading into the Commonwealth Games.”

Cikamatana, who’s also nominated for Fiji Sportswoman of the year award, was declared the best female lifter at the Australian Open as more than 100 atheletes from around the Oceania region participated.

“The weight-lifters now go into the last phase of training and preparation before the team departs for Gold Coast on March 30 for the Commonwealth Games. Weightlifting Fiji is thankful to the Fiji Government, Fiji National Sports Commission, FASANOC, Fiji Searoad Services, the media and general public for their support,” Maharaj said.

In the men’s division young Taniela won the men’s 85kg event with a lift of 310kg. He lifted 140kg in the snatch and 170kg in the clean & jerk. He equalled his personal best in a competition environment while Qaqa lifted his best of 255kg with a snatch of 115kg and 140kg in the clean & jerk for a silver medal, the statement stated.

Maharaj said Manueli Tulo could not further participate because of wrist problem.

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