Fiji Still in the Hunt

FIJI IS STILL HOPING TO QUALIFY 2 lifters to the Olympics Games, after another day of solid performances by its lifters at the Olympic Qualificatin Tournament, on Day 2 in Samoa.

Tevita Tawai won a silver medal Open and Junior categories in the 69Kg with a lift of 245kg (Snatch – 103Kg and 137kg in Clean & Jerk)

Peni Taqua came a close fourth in the 77kg category with a personal best lift of 275 Kg (Snatch 120kg & C&J 155kg)

Student Julia Timi came fourth with a lift of 146 kg (Snatch – 65kg and C&J with 81kg)

Julia won a silver medal in the Oceania Youth Championships and a bronze in the Oceania Junior Championships.

Day 3 on Friday is the most important, where we will see youngster Mesake Raivui will compete in the 85kg; Joe Vueti in the 94kg and Apolonia Vaivai in the 75kg Women.

The competition between the teams is very close and the points difference between the first placed team and the 6th placed team is only 6 points. 

The top 5 mens team will qualify an athlete for London.

In the Womens’ event – PNG and Samoa are expected to dominate; with two of the next three teams Fiji, Australia and New Zealand to make up the first four teams which will qualify a female lifter.

Fiji does not have anyone in the Day 4 – on Saturday, which is the super heavyweights; as All of Fiji’s 6 competitors in the men and the 4 competitors in the Women’s team events having completed their competitions on Friday.

June 8th 2012


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