Samoan Lifter Declared Olympic Silver Medallist

The Oceania Weightlifting Federation is delighted to see that Ele Opeloge from Samoa has been officially declared by the IWF – the silver medallist from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the +75kg category.

Her name has now officially appeared in the IWF 2008 Olympic Games results.

Ele had originally placed fourth in Beijing. However after the reanalysis of the drug testing at the 2008 Olympics and subsequent adverse analytical findings of the original silver medallist from Kazakhstan and bronze medallist from the Ukraine and their subsequent disqualification, Ele is now the rightful silver medallist.

She has now become the first female in the sport of weightlifting from the Oceania region to win a medal at the Olympic Games.

The IOC will officially hand over the medal to the Samoan Olympic Committee and then officially be presented to Ele Opeloge.

Congratulations Ele and congratulations to Samoa Weightlifting Federation, the Samoa NOC and the people of Samoa.



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