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Cikamatana Closes In On Olympic Dream

She broke seven snatch records with her 114 kilogrammes lift in the 87kg category and then crushed multiple records with an astonishing 155kg clean and jerk to claim two junior world records and equalled the junior world record for a combined total of 269kg. But Cikamatana’s Australian records will officially count until she becomes a citizen.
19 Aug 2019 12:53
Cikamatana Closes In On Olympic Dream
Eileen Cikamatana (left) celebrates her achievement with mother Makitalena in Sydney, Australia on August 17, 2019. Photo: Daily Telegraph

 

Levuka weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana is a step away from representing Australia at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Last Saturday night, Cikamatana, 19, received a standing ovation at the Australian National Junior Weightlifting Championships at the State Sports Centre at Olympic Park, for her herculean effort.

She broke seven snatch records with her 114 kilogrammes lift in the 87kg category and then crushed multiple records with an astonishing 155kg clean and jerk to claim two junior world records and equalled the junior world record for a combined total of 269kg. But Cikamatana’s Australian records will officially count until she becomes a citizen.

Her Oceania, Commonwealth and Junior World records will be added once her paper work has been approved.

Cikamatana is hoping that her citizenship comes through soon in time to qualify to compete for Australia at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

When interviewed last Saturday night by The Daily Telegraph regarding her citizenship Cikamatana says; “We’ll see how it goes.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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