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‘I Gave It All, Need To Move On’

‘I Gave It All, Need To Move On’
Team Fiji weighlifter Manueli Tulo in the men’s 56kg competition at Carrara Sporting Complex, Gold Coast in Australia on April 5, 2018. Tulo finished fourth and missed out on a bronze medal. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva
April 06
11:00 2018

Manueli Tulo accepted the decision made against his 110kg lift in his final attempt of the snatch in the 56kg division.

The Baba, Levuka native finished fourth after he started off well with a first 104kg lift.

But he drops the bar in the second attempt in his 108kg lift. In the third attempt, Tulo successfully lifted 110kg but was disallowed by the referees who stated that Tulo dropped the bar before the buzzer sounded.

“I really gave all I had, I gave everything but I was robbed off the medal,” Tulo said.

“The jury reversed their decision but there is nothing I can do but just got to move on. It’s over now, we will move on from here.

“They said it was touch and go but it’s one of my best performances. I want to thank the Government, FASANOC and the Fijian National Sports Commission for their support.”

Tulo’s dad Sunia Uataletale was among the spectators.

“I just have to move on, I have been told by my coaches that I can still continue and participate in international competitions.”

Weightlifting Fiji president Atma Maharaj said they were proud of his achievement.

“I’m very proud of Tulo’s performance and guts on the platform.  “What happened was beyond our control as the jury makes the final decision and can’t be challenged,” Maharaj said.

Tulo collected 135kg in the clean and jerk with a total lift of 239kg to finish fourth. Ahmad Izhar of Malaysia won gold and set a new record with a total lift of 261kg.  Favourite Gururaja of India settled for silver with a total lift of 249kg and Sri Lanka’s Lakmal Chaturanga won bronze medal with a lift of 248kg.

 Edited by  Osea Bola




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