MANUELI TULO, MARIA LIKU MISS LONDON OLYMPIC AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATION
Fiji’s weightlifting sensation Manueli Tulo surpassed his standings at international competition with a strong performance at the World Weightlifting Championships at Disneyland in Paris, France. Maria Liku also competed and it was her first World Championship.
Manueli Tulo finished a solid 21st in the 58kg men’s category with a total lift of 239 kg. He hauls up a sturdy snatch of 105kg and 134kg in the clean & Jerk. It was another great achievement for Maria Liku as she improved her personal best to a new total lift of 178kg. Maria acquired a brilliant 80kg in the snatch and 98kg in the clean & jerk. She was ranked 25th in the 58kg women’s category.
Manueli Tulo missed out on a 137kg clean & jerk which would totalled his lift to 242kg. For him, the failure to lift the weight is not the worst thing but the failure to try is intolerable.
Maria Liku had everything to gain and she did take advantage of the setting and achieved a personal best lift of 80kg in the snatch.
With both our top lifters now missing out on the Automatic qualification for London, the duo now direct their training and sacrifice towards the next qualifying event which will be held on the 22nd to the 26th of May, 2012 in Apia, Samoa.
Fiji still has a chance to qualify its top lifters, by accomplishing a place in the top 5 for men and top 4 for women during the team competition in Samoa.
Photo: Maria Liku and Manueli Tulo with coach Paul Coffa