RNZ reports Papua New Guinea's Morea Baru finished sixth in the men's 62kg division at the Rio Olympics, with Samoa's Nevo Ioane close behind in eighth.
Samoa coach Jerry Wallwork said those results were a positive signal but there is still room for growth.
"Nevo Ioane he lifted very well. For Samoa it's the first ever male lifter making the top ten with an Olympic Games, actually making the top eight. I think his performance was fantastic, I was very happy, and it's something we can build on now for the next Olympics," he said.