Tulo sets new record

Tulo sets new record

Manueli Tulo competes in an international weightlifting competition

OVALAU native Manueli Tulo set a new Oceania and South Pacific Junior record last week after an impressive performance in the Mont Dore Championships at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia.

Tulo from the Baba Village on Levuka, Ovalau established the new record in the 56kg category with a clean and jerk of 132kg.

Combined with the snatch of 104kg he also established a new record in the total of 236kg.

Oceania Weightlifting Federation secretary Paul Coffa said Tulo continued to impress with his lifts.

He said Tulo had the potential of breaking more records.

"Manueli's 236kg total has now taken him into third position in the one per country ranking list of the Commonwealth," Coffa said.

"He ranks first in the Oceania senior and junior ranking in the 56Kg category. Manueli is also the number one in the South Pacific rankings."

Tulo is the current Commonwealth Junior Champion.

Tulo was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2008 in the Fasanoc Sports Awards.

His outstanding achievements continues to be recognised and he is one of the five finalists for the Sports Personality of the Year Award in this year's Fasanoc Awards

He emerged from the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune as the Commonwealth Youth Champion and double record holder in the 56kg category with a snatch lift of 97kgs and overall lifts of 219kgs.

In addition to being the top junior weightlifter, Tulo is currently ranked 11th overall in the Commonwealth 56kg division.

Tulo is the current Commonwealth Junior Champion (from Pune Games 2008), and he is ranked number 11 in the overall Commonwealth rankings.

He's also the reigning Pacific Mini Games, Oceania and Arafura Champion and holds a number of Oceania junior and senior records.

Last year Tulo won the Commonwealth Sports Award for "Outstanding Young Achiever" there were just eight award winners, including Stephanie Rice and Usain Bolt.

Tulo was inspired to take up weightlifting after watching fellow Fijian weightlifter Joe Vueti compete at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He continues to train hard at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia in the hope he will be able to join his fellow lifters in going to Delhi in 2010.

As an 18-year-old, Tulo won gold for every category he was eligible for; the Arafura senior and junior titles, the South Pacific senior and junior titles, and the Oceania senior and junior titles.

His lifts of 93kg in the Snatch and 126kg in the Clean and Jerk put him 39kg ahead of his nearest competitor, but were just short of his personal best lifts of 98kg and 131kg.

Tulo is ontinuing his training with his coach Paul Coffa in Noumea, New Caledonia where he has been training since May 2008 with Vueti and other lifters from Fiji.

Meanwhile, Kiribati champion weightlifter Meameaa Thomas set a new South Pacific senior snatch record with 151kg in the 105kg category in the same competition.

The previous record was held by Samoan weightlifter, Nuisila Opeloge at 150kg set in 2007. In the clean and jerk, Meameaa did 195kg and totalled 347kg.


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