Don Opeloge

Samoa’s Don Opeloge wins best male lifter at Pacific Elite International Tournament

Samoa Weightlifting Federations confirmed that Opeloge collected the prize money of $1000 AUD after setting two new Commonwealth and Oceania records at the competition on the weekend.

Samoa showed dominance after Sanele Mao powered through to win the Men's 109+kg.

Nevo Ioane claimed victory in the Men's 67kg division.


Weightlifter Don Opeloge wins Samoa’s first ever Commonwealth Games Gold medal

The 23-year-old has not only won the Men’s Weightlifting 96kg category but also has set a new Commonwealth Games record.

Opeloge broke the games record in the snatch with a lift of 171kg.

He also went on to set another Commonwealth Games record and a personal best of 210kg for the clean and jerk.

Don Opeloge will be the name to remember in the sport after he lifted a total of 381kg to set the new Commonwealth Games record for the men’s 96kg category.


Samoan weightlifters set new Oceania records

The 18-year-old broke the record with a snatch of 136 kilograms.

The old record was set by Daniel Wakeling of Australia at 133 kilograms.  

Don Opeloge also set a new Oceania record in the Men’s 96-kilogram division with a snatch of 176 kilogram.

Opeloge broke the record two weeks ago with 175 kilograms with a new record of 176 kilograms.

Samoa Weightlifting Association is yet to confirm its athletes for the Tokyo Olympics.

Samoan weightlifters achieve new Oceania records

Samoa Weightlifting Association President, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork confirmed the new records were set at their test competition at the gym in Tuinaimato.

In the Men’s 96kg division, Don Opeloge achieved a new Oceania senior record with a snatch of 175kg.

The previous record was 165kg.

In the Men’s 109kg division, Sanele Mao set a new Oceania senior record with a snatch of 181kg with the previous record 166kg.

The Samoa Weightlifting team snatched the title for the OWF Online competition.

The team continues to train at their homebase in Tuanaimato. 

Samoa’s Don Opeloge breaks three Oceania weightlifting records

The 20-year-old won gold in the 96kg men division and lifted 164kg in the snatch which was 74kg more than the silver medalist, breaking his own Oceania record of 160kg.

For the clean-and-jerk, Opeloge broke his own personal best and equaled the Commonwealth record of 210kg, while breaking his own Oceania record of 202kg.

His other team mates were also outstanding at the competition. Vaipava Nevo Ioane has become Samoa’s second Olympic qualified lifter, taking out the gold medal for the men’s 67kg division while setting a new Oceania record in the Clean n Jerk.

Don Opeloge reeling from shock wins at global championships

The 20 year-old says he was not expecting to win any medals especially as he was competing with a lot of experienced weightlifters from around the world.

Opeloge made history after he secured Samoa’s first ever-gold medal in the competition with a lift of 193kg.

He set a new personal best of 198kg with his final attempt to also win the overall title by one kilogram from Iran's Mohammad Hosseini.

Samoa’s Don Opeloge holds new world record at IWF

The 20 year-old is the new record holder after he scooped two gold medals.

Opeloge came in sixth place in the “snatch” category, lifting 151kg, but, came back strong in the “clean & jerk” category with 198kg, breaking the World Youth Standard Record of 191kg.

He lifted a total of 349kg.

Mohammed Hosseini of Iran came in second after lifting a total of 348kg.

The 19 year-old, in the “snatch” category broke the World Youth Standard Record of 155kg, he lifted 157kg. He came in third place in the “clean & jerk” category, lifting 191kg.