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A Medal for Fiji

Weightlifter Apolonia Vaivai wins Bronze ANASILINI RATUVA Suva Fiji is on the medal tally of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in Scotland. Apolonia Vaivai of Levuka, Ovalau, made Fijians proud
31 Jul 2014 08:11

Weightlifter Apolonia Vaivai wins Bronze

ANASILINI RATUVA
Suva

Fiji is on the medal tally of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in Scotland.
Apolonia Vaivai of Levuka, Ovalau, made Fijians proud yesterday when she won a bronze medal in weightlifting.
It is Fiji’s first medal in the Games.
The 23-year-old finished third for bronze in the women’s 75 kilogramme category.
Fiji last won a medal in 2002 in judo where Nacanieli Takayawa won gold in the 100 plus Open category and Sisilia Rasokisoki won bronze medal in the women’s 70kg
Vaivai’s first attempt was at 90kg, she was successful in her second attempt at 94kg and finally in her third lift, she increased the weight to 97kg which left her in third place.
At her clean and jerk, Vaivai was successful in her first lift at 112kg which kept her in third place.
Vaivai finished behind Samoa’s Mary Opologe who won silver and Canada’s Marie Nadeau who claimed the gold medal.
Vavai said her sacrifice and dedication had paid off.
“I believe in hard work and sacrifice. That motivated me to win, my aim for the tournament is coming here and better my personal best (PB) but this has changed and it is a big achievement for me to win a medal,” Vavai said.
“I feel very blessed and I’m excited after winning this.
“I was very nervous before I went up, but when my name was called, I was confident and winning a bronze medal just added another different feeling,” she said.
Coach and national weightlifting manager Della Shaw says she always believed the 23-year-old had a big chance of making it onto the dais.
“It’s overwhelming, she’s excited and we’re all excited over her performance especially when Fiji is just coming back into the Commonwealth Games.
“She grabbed the opportunity and because Apolonia has been training very hard and just been accepted back in the Commonwealth Games it was something we were looking forward to,” Shaw said.
Fiji Weightlifting secretary Christopher Yee who was lost for words when contacted yesterday said the bronze medal is definitely a great achievement for Vaivai for her first Commonwealth Games.
“This is great achievement for Fiji, Levuka, the Oceania Weightlifitng Institute and our big appreciation to FASANOC, ONOC and the government of Fiji,
“This is her first medal for the Commonwealth Games and we are all proud of her achievement,” Yee said.

Lawn bowls
Samuela Tuikiligana lost to Muhammad Rais of Malaysia 19-21 in the second round of the men’s singles while the men’s fours team beat Niue 21-6.
The Fiji women’s pairs were defeated by Jersey 15-17 and later lost to Kenya 15-19.
The triples team consisting of Radhika Prasad, Doreen O’Connor and Litia Tikoisuva beat Cook Islands 16-12.
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