Seventeen-year-old Weightlifting sensation, Eileen Floanna Maria Cikamatana from Taviya, Ovalau was on fire over the weekend at the Australian International and Australian Open Weightlifting Competitions which was held in Melbourne, Australia where she won two Gold Medals in the new 90kg weight category.
Eileen snatched 100kgs and narrowly missed the 105kgs. In the Clean & Jerk she lifted a massive personal best of 136kgs which is also the new Commonwealth Senior record. This was way above the 122kgs that she lifted to win the Gold Medal at the World Youth Championships in Penang, Malaysia in October 2016 in the 69kg weight category.
Eileen has shown consistent improvement from her 205kgs at the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Suva in May 2016, to the 215kgs in October 2016 in Malaysia
With the new women’s 90kg weight category Eileen has set the Oceania Junior and Senior records and also the Commonwealth Junior and Senior records. She also won
the overall best female athlete of the tournament.
Eileen who trains at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute, Mont Dore, New Caledonia under OWI coach Paul Coffa is preparing for the World Junior Championships, which
will be held in Japan in June 2017.
Meanwhile, compatriot Apolonia Vaivai finished 4th in a very tight finish in the 69kg weight category. Apolonia lifted a total of 198kgs (90kgs – snatch and 108kgs for
Clean & Jerk).
Only 3kgs separated the top 4 lifters from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. New Zealand weightlifter Andrea Miller won the category with a total of 201kgs.
The Bronze Medal went to the Australian who lifted the same weight as Apolonia but she won due to lighter body weight.
Meanwhile Manueli Tulo finished with a silver medal against his arch rival Muhammad Azroy Haza from Malaysia. Tulo lifted 104kgs in the Snatch and 130kgs
in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 234kgs. The Malaysian won the Gold with a total lift of 238kgs.
Apolonia and Tulo have returned to Fiji to prepare for the Commonwealth Championships, which will be held in Gold Coast in September 2017.
Last Modified on 25/04/2017 09:27