MARIA in Top 8 at the Olympics

Maria Liku became the best placed Fiji athlete, ever, at any Olympics, when she came 8th in the 63 Kg category weightlifting competition

Maria lifted a total of 82 Kg in the snatch and 100Kg in the Clean & Jerk, to record a total of 182 Kg.

While this was slightly below her best, it was more important that she placed well.

Maria has been training in Noumea and Levuka continuously for the best part of the past 4 years, initially with Manueli Tulo and more recently with the strongest women in Fiji, Apolonia Vaivai.

The competition between Maria and Apolonia has been great and has been a catalyst for the 15 Kg improvement that Maria has achieved in the past 12 month. Maria would like to specially thank Apolonia, for being her training partner for the past 12 months.

Maria’s currently placed in the top 3 in the Commonwealth and with a further improvement by 20 Kg in the next two years, she is capable of winning Gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, in 2014.

The winner of the Olympic 63Kg event was Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan with a massive total of 245 Kg, which was also a new Olympic Record.

Second was current World Champion, Russian Svetlana Tsarukaeva, who lifted 237Kg and the surprise bronze medallist was Christine Girard of Canada with a lift of 236Kg.

We take this opportunity to thank the Government, FASANOC, Olympic Solidarity and ONOC, Weightlifting Fiji, Paul & Lily Coffa, Oceania Weightlifting Institute, WF Sponsors, MEdia and all the fans all around Fiji. Special Thanks to the Weightlifting Families and the Levuka Community of their support.

31st July, 2012


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