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Eileen Cikamatana Smashes Australian Records

Coffa said it must be noted that world records can only be broken at IWF international events and therefore what Cikamatana had achieved cannot be claimed.
22 May 2019 16:43
Eileen Cikamatana Smashes Australian Records
Eileen Cikamatana continues her fine performance at an interstate tournament between ACT and NSW in Sydney, Australia last Saturday Photo: Zimbio

Fijian weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana is in top form as she impressed the Australian Weightlifting Federation president Sam Coffa.

The 19-year-old Ovalau lass took part in her first lift at an interstate tournament between ACT and NSW in Sydney, Australia last Saturday.

Competing in the 81 kilogramme category Cikamatana made six lifts out of six. She snatched 118 kg, clean and jerked 150kg for a total of 268kg- this has seen her smashed all Australian junior and senior records.

“I have been involved in weightlifting for almost 65 years and I have never witnessed a performance like I did, last Saturday in Sydney,” Coffa said.

He said looking at the IWF current ranking list, Cikamatana’s performance last Saturday would rank her number one in the World Junior by 51 kg. At senior level she would rank first also by 18kg.

“The world junior standard in the 81kg category, in the snatch, is 118kg. She equaled the world record on here third attempt. Her three snatches were 107kg, 112kg and 11kg. In the clean and jerk, the world junior standard is 145kg.

“She started on 141kg and then surpassed that record in her second clean and jerk with 146kg and then went on in her third lift and clean and jerked 150kg.

“The total standard record is 259kg. Eileen equaled the world record on her third attempt. She then went on in her second attempt totally 265kg.

“Her successful third attempt in the clean and jerk of 150kg pushed the total up to 268kg.  The crowed watching was in absolute awe on what they had just witnessed. An amazing performance.”

Coffa said it must be noted that world records can only be broken at IWF international events and therefore what Cikamatana had achieved cannot be claimed.

Cikamatana won Fiji’s lone gold medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. She is now living in Sydney after receiving her Australian permanent residency.

Edited by Anasilini Natoga

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