samoa weightlifters

Samoa weightlifters qualify for Commonwealth Games

Nevo Ioane won the gold medal in the 67 kilogramme division and also set a new Oceania Record in the Clean & Jerk with a recorded lift of 165 kilogrammes. 

In the same division, 16 year old rookie Dunken Laulua won bronze. This is Laulua’s first time ever vying in an international competition.

John Tafi won gold in the 73 kilogramme Men's division and also set a new Oceania Junior Record.

All the senior lifters of the team are expected to compete on Sunday, which is the final day of the competition.


Record 81 medals for Samoan weightlifters

There were a total of 33 medals including 16 gold, 6 silver and 11 bronze medals in competition of the Pacific Games.

In competition for the Oceania Championship, there were another 16 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Lifters hauled in another 24 medals including 12 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze in the Commonwealth Championship.

In addition to the medals haul, the weightlifters broke Oceania and Commonwealth records.

The competitions were run simultaneously.

Dream becomes reality for Samoan weightlifters at Junior World Champs

Don Opeloge kicked off proceedings on Tuesday in the men's 89kg division, winning gold in the clean and jerk and total.

Feagaiga Stowers joined the party on Saturday, winning gold in the women's 87kg division with a personal best lift of 124kg in the snatch to edge out the 2018 world champion Lee Seon Mi, while finishing only one kilogram shy of her Korean opponent in the overall category.

The 18-year-old also finished second in the clean and jerk while Don Opeloge was awarded the trophy for "Best Overall Male Lifter".