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Cikamatana’s Golden Lift In Penang

Seventeen-year-old, Eileen Cikamatana has created history at the IWF World Youth Championship in Penang, Malaysia yesterday. She won gold in the clean and jerk with a lift of 122kg and
26 Oct 2016 11:00
Cikamatana’s Golden Lift In Penang

Seventeen-year-old, Eileen Cikamatana has created history at the IWF World Youth Championship in Penang, Malaysia yesterday.

She won gold in the clean and jerk with a lift of 122kg and placed third overall on the 215kg. This has made her the first Fijian to win a gold medal at a world weightlifting championship.

Weightlifting Fiji vice-president Chris Yee told SUNsports that this a historical moment for Weightlifting Fiji, to win a gold and a bronze medal in the World Youth Championship.

“It is not only exciting for Fiji but for the whole of the Oceania region to win these medals” Yee said.

“Eileen has worked extremely hard under Paul Coffa and this is a stepping stone for her as she is building-up for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and eventually the Olympic Games in 2020. Eileen is one of the very few weightlifters who climbed her way up the ladder in a very short period of time and we are proud of her and her achievements.”

Cikamatana had earlier finished fourth in the 93kg snatch, the same lifted by China’s third-placed Jing Tang.

Cikamatana hails from Tavia village in Ovalau and started lifting early last year under coach, Joe Vueti at the High Performance Centre in Baba.

Oceania Weightlifting general secretary Paul Coffa had earlier predicted that Cikamatana is destined for greatness. This was after she won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last year.

“She will be the greatest athlete you have ever had. She’s unbelievable. I’m talking about Olympic level. At 18 years of age, she can win Fiji a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. In this championship, when everybody finishes, she starts; that’s how good she is,” Coffa had said last year,”

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