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Eileen Cikamatana (right) and older sister Roselyn Cikamatana show two of the four gold medals that she won at the Commonwealth and Oceania Championships at Gold Coast in Australia on September 10, 2017. Photo: Zaria Mar
September 11
11:00 2017

Cikamatana wins 4 gold medals, set new records

Eileen Cikamatana won four gold medals in the 90kg division at the Commonwealth and Oceania Championships in Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday.

Cikamatana, who hails from Taviya, Ovalau, won the Commonwealth Senior and junior as well as the Oceania Senior and junior gold medals.

She also broke her own clean and jerk records for Commonwealth and Oceania senior and junior category.

She lifted 102kg in the snatch and narrowly missed her attempt at 111kg while chasing the Commonwealth and Junior records in the snatch.

Weightlifting Fiji president Atma Maharaj, who was at the championship, was overwhelmed with the incredible achievement.

“Eileen’s win will put her in a strong position for the Commonwealth Games in April, Gold Coast,” Maharaj said.

“Looking at our successful achievements from Eileen, Apolonia Vaivai and the remaining members of the squad, they have done sensationally well for the Weightlifting Fiji.

“Eileen is setting a benchmark not just for Fijian weightlifters but all of the nation’s sportspeople and the Oceania region at large.

“Next week Eileen will travel with the Team Fiji to Turkmenistan to compete in the Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games.

“And we are expecting a tough competition as there will be top countries namely China and Ukraine to name a few and knowing the fact she is currently at top three in the world.

“Also, keeping in mind that Asia is the powerhouse for weightlifting worldwide from which 12 out of 15 gold medals was won by the Asian region in the Rio Olympic Games. “So it will certainly be tough for Fiji.

“But at the same time we are wary of the athletes who will be moving up from the 75kg to the 90+ kg.

“However, the competition in the Commonwealth Games will be big step forward,”

Cikamatana also lifted a new personal best of 141kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 243Kg.

This was a new Commonwealth and Oceania records in the 90kg weight category.

And, in the second place was Kaitlyn Fassina of Australia with a total lift of 228Kg, Tracey Lambrechs of New Zealand was 3rd with 219kg and Deborah Acason of Australia was 4th with 217kg.

Cikaimatana’s previous best were 110kg in the snatch and 140kg in the clean and jerk with a total of 250kg which she set at the Pacific Cup International in early August this year.

Edited by Osea Bola

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