PNG weightlifter not at her level best
By Matai Akauola in London
01 AUGUST 2012 LONDON (PACNEWS) ----- Four time Olympian and mother of two Dika Tuoa of Papua New Guinea is not at her level best although she managed to be placed 16th yesterday in her 53kg weightlifting category.
“Every Olympic has its unique experiences I think. 2000 in Sydney was different, 2004 Athens was different, Beijing 2008 was different and now,” said Tuoa.
“This will be the fourth.
“Actually I didn’t think I’ll make it here but then with the help of everyone at the institute including my coach it brought me this far in a short span of time.
“I’m happy to be here with the rest of the team. “Tuoa took a break after the 2008 Beijing Games and gave birth to her second child in 2010 where she also missed out on the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
She first competed at the Olympics in Sydney at 16 competing in the 48kg category.
“I was the first women weightlifter to be on the platform. That was when the women’s weightlifting was introduced and then 2004, 2008 and this will be my fourth one 2012 in London.
And according to Coach Paul Coffa taking a break in weightlifting is a no-no.
The 28-year- old just returned to the sport in January of this year.
“After the Beijing Olympics I decide to take a break and then somehow I just decided to come back to the training institute in January of this year,” Toua said.
“Previously I used to lift 87 snatch and 115-118 clean & jerk but with only six months training I got up to almost 90percent not actually 100 percent that qualified me to the Olympic Games. So I’m happy.”
Toua’s best placing at the Olympic level was sixth at the 2004 Games in Athens
“There wasn’t enough time to get me back to where I was and coming back from a long break of 2-3 years is too much you have to start all over again.
“With weightlifting when you miss a day it takes you a week, when you miss a week it takes you a month and when you miss a month it takes you a year.”…PACNEWS (PINA)
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