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Lifters Eye Olympic Medal

Weightlifting Fiji eyes to make a mark and win the first gold medal for the sport at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo. This was after the lifters won gold
02 Oct 2017 15:28
Lifters Eye Olympic Medal
Team Fiji contingent at the Nadi International Airport on October 1, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Weightlifting Fiji eyes to make a mark and win the first gold medal for the sport at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo.

This was after the lifters won gold and silver medals at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan last week

Eileen Cikatamana won gold and 26 year old Apolonia Vaivai won silver.

Cikatamana is ranked number three in the world, Fiji’s first athlete ever to achieve such feat and Vaivai is ranked sixth in their different weight categories.

National coach Joe Vueti said with their current ranking, they will easily qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

“The lifters will definitely make the cut for the Olympic Games with their position it is going to be very easy thing for them to qualify,” the former Olympic lifter said.

“If rugby can win the only gold medal for Fiji in the Olympics, you have to think twice.

“We are gunning for the Tokyo Olympics We are not looking at the Commonwealth Games or the World Championship, we are just focusing on the Olympic Games.

The next event is the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu, in December.

“The Mini Games is like the build up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, winning two gold medals will be our ultimate goal and after that the Olympic Games,” he said.

Vueti seems not too distant happy with the resilt as he expected two gold medals.

“I’m happy but not satisfied because we were supposed to win two gold medals from Turkmenistan but came away with  one gold and one silver.

“That’s good enough for Fiji but still not for me because we were supposed to win two gold medals,” he said.

“It should have been an easy two gold medals, but due to some technical mistakes in our lifting, we fall short.”

Meanwhile, Cikatamana returned to her training camp in New Caledonia and is expected to return to Fiji later in the week.

Edited by Osea Bola

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