Son's golden haul leaves dad stunned

"I will not forget this day."

That was how Sunia Uataletale described seeing his son Manueli Tulo win four gold medals in the opening day of the Oceania Weightlifting Championship last night.

Uataletale was lost for words as he tried to convey his feelings after watching his son perform for the first time in an international competition and to top it off by winning four gold medals.

"This will be a night I will find hard to forget because I watched him win with my own eyes," Uataletale said.

"I always followed his performance around the world but this was different."

Uataletale said he came with Tulo's mum and the rest of the family from Levuka especially to come and see his son perform.

He said he knew Tulo was going to give his best shot but he didn't believe he was going to win four gold medals.

"Sitting up there in the stands I was very emotional when I saw my boy on stage and with the people cheering him on -- it was an experience I will find hard to forget."

Uataletale said all he told Tulo before coming to the championship was to give his best and have faith in the Almighty.

"I believe he has earned his gold medals because he has been working very hard in his training and he has also sacrificed a lot."

Tulo outclassed the field in both his event winning the snatch with a lift of 106kg. That earned him his first Games Oceania record

In the clean and jerk Tulo started with 126kg and followed it with a 131kg lift.

His nearest opponent Ioane Nevo of American Samoa also started well with a 125kg lift in his opening attempt.

But after Nevo failed with his 128 attempt he tried to go for 133kg which he also failed to lift.

That was when Tulo came in with his 134kg attempt which he completed in style to give him his second Oceania record on the opening day of the 2010 Oceania Weightlifting Championship yesterday.

(Fiji Times)




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