Samoan sets world powerlifting record amid Nauru gold rush

In the men’s up to120kg division, Lipine lifted first 300kg in the squat, breaking the record, and then immediately lifted 320kg to raise the record higher.

But it was Nauru, a powerlifting powerhouse, had the biggest gold haul of the day at Gym 1, Faleata Sports Complex, winning four golds in the men's competition.

Nauru (Nitram Dagagio) won gold in the under 74kg, with Papua New Guinea winning silver and Kiribati bronze.

In the 83kg category, Nauru also took gold and silver, with Tahiti winning bronze.

Powerlifters vie for medals

Eleven countries are participating in the powerlifting competition.

Powerlifters compete in three disciplines - squat, bench press and dead lift, each designed to measure different aspects of strength.

Athletes get at least three attempts at each and the winner will be determined by the highest weight total of the best lift in each discipline.

In 2015, hosts Papua New Guinea were dominant, particularly in the women's divisions where they claimed six of seven possible gold medals.

All eyes will be on whether they repeat the feat in 2019.