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Cikamatana, Vaivai, RainibogI and Qaqa do Fiji proud in Australian Championship Fiji’s weightlifting team won three gold medals and a silver at the Aus­tralian Open last Sunday night. Weightlifting women
27 Feb 2018 11:00
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Cikamatana, Vaivai, RainibogI and Qaqa do Fiji proud in Australian Championship

Fiji’s weightlifting team won three gold medals and a silver at the Aus­tralian Open last Sunday night.

Weightlifting women sensations Eileen Cikamatana and Apolonia Vaivai won gold medals in their respective weight division while the other gold was won by men’s Taniela Rainibogi.

The silver medal was scooped by Poama Qaqa who also set a new personal best.

Weightlifting Fiji president Atma Maha­raj said men weightlifter Manueli Tulo had to abandon the competition due to a wrist problem.

“He was having difficulties in the snatch and didn’t complete the competition after his first unsuccessful lift in the clean and jerk,” he said.

Maharaj said Qaqa lifted his best of 255kg with a snatch if 115kg and 140kg in the clean and jerk.

Twenty-year-old, Rainibogi won the men’s 85kg event with a lift of 310kg. He lifted 140kg in the snatch and 170kg in the clean and jerk. He equalled his personal best in a competition environment.

Vaivai won the women’s 75kg event with a lift of 215kg. She snatched 95kg and lift­ed 120kg in the clean and jerk.

“Apolonia had been nursing a back inju­ryw heading into this competition and so it is good to see her recover from this and get back into form,” Maharaj said.

Cikamatana won the women’s 90kg category with a lift of 243kg. She listed 108kg in the snatch and 135kg in the clean & jerk.

“She narrowly missed 112kg in the snatch and 145kg in the clean and jerk. If she were successful in these lifts, she would have yet again set a new Oceania and Commonwealth record heading into the Commonwealth Games.

“Eileen was announced the best female lifter and Apolonia the third best lifter in the competition.”

The competition saw more than 100 ath­letes taking part from seven Oceania coun­tries.

The weightlifters now go into the last phase of training and preparation before the team departs for Gold Coast on March 30 for the Commonwealth Games.

– Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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The competition saw more than 100 athletes taking part from seven Oceania countries. The weightlifters now go into the last phase of training and preparation before the team departs for Gold Coast on March 30 for the Commonwealth Games.

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