Toua awarded Gold


IT is official, Dika Toua is the gold medal winner in the women's 53kg in weightlifting in the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The gold medal awarded to Nigerian Chika Analha in the competition on July 25 was taken off her after she failed a doping test.
In a medal presentation ceremony in front of Team PNG athletes and officials in the Games Village on Saturday (August 2), Toua and the second- and third-placed lifters were presented the medals by PNG Olympic Committee president Sir John Dawinincura.
Indians Santashi Matsa got the silver and Swati Singh the bronze.
Toua has made history too for Papua New Guinea when her snatch of 82kg equalled the Commonwealth Games record.
In the clean and jerk, she broke the Games record with a lift of 111kg as well as the total of 193kg.       
Those were recognised because she was drug tested minutes after the event on July 25.
The total medal tally for PNG at the Glasgow Games is two golds placing it 16th out of the 171 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
This is the most successful Commonwealth Games for PNG, in that it has never won two golds in any Games in the past.
It has won two medals in one Games though, as in the 2006 Melbourne Games where Ryan Pini won a gold in the 100m butterfly and Toua a silver in same weight category as in the Glasgow Games.


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