Liku out to make amends

Maria Liku will be out to impress her coach Paul Coffa once again after a disappointing performance at the Oceania Weightlifting Championship yesterday.

Liku snatched 68kg and then lifted 90kg in the clean and jerk to total 158kg, a lift that gave her four gold medals in the 58 kilos women's division at the Yet San Hall.

The four gold medals did not impress coach Coffa who said Liku failed to maintain her top form prior to the Games after returning home from New Caledonia.

Liku said she would be out to impress her coach again in the future.

"It's good I have won four gold medals for Fiji but I believe I could have done better than that. My coach (Coffa) told me that I have the potential to better my performance than what I achieved," she said.

"I know the expectation was beyond what I achieved today (yesterday) and I'm not happy with my performance at all." She thanked her supporters for turning out in numbers to witness her winning form. "I relaxed a bit with my training and dropping my weight to 58kg also affected my performance." Liku said the gold medals were a belated birthday gift after celebrating her birthday last month.

The 20-year-old said she would be out to restore top form next year. Liku lifted a personal best of 80kg in the snatch and 105kg in the clean and jerk while training in New Caledonia.

"My aim is to be back at the Pacific Games in New Caledonia."

(Fiji Times)


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