Eileen wins 2 Silver and 1 Bronze Medals at Worlds

Young weightlifting sensation, Eileen Cikamatana won an overall Silver medal in the 90kg category at the International Weightlifting Federation(IWF) Junior World Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

Eileen lifted 97kg in the Snatch to win a bronze medal, 132kg in the Clean & Jerk to win a silver medal, giving her a total of 229kg for overall Silver.

This is a sensational performance from Eileen at the world level.

This builds on her performance from last year where she won an overall Bronze medal in the Youth World Championships in Penang, Malaysia.

17-year-old Eileen who hails from Taviya, Ovalau was very pleased with her performance when Weightlifting Fiji spoke to her.

She said “This is my first year of competing in the World Junior Championships and I am happy with my performance here.

"I missed the 103kg in the Snatch on the third lift.

"Had I lifted that, I would have certainly gone toe to toe for the Gold medal”.

Eileen is the current holder of the Commonwealth Junior and Commonwealth Senior records in the newly established 90kg category.

Coach Joe Vueti was also pleased with her performance.

Coach Vueti said that they came here to win and show the world that Fiji has an excellent talent pool and we achieved that with Eileen winning a Silver medal.

This now sets a very good platform as Fiji has won the hosting rights to hold the 2019 Junior World Championships in Suva, Fiji.

It will be the final year for Eileen to compete in the Juniors and a hometown competition will certainly produce fireworks.

Eileen will head back to her training camp at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia from Tokyo, to prepare for the Commonwealth Championships.

Weightlifting Fiji is thankful to the Fiji Government, Fiji National Sport Commission, Oceania Weightlifting Institute and Paul and Lilly Coffa.

Meanwhile the Oceania Weightlifting Federation sent their Congratulations to Eileen after her amazing lift.

This is the first time that a Pacific lifter has won a silver medal in the total at the World Juniors and the very first time that a female Pacific lifter has won 2 silver and 1 bronze at the World Juniors.

The competition was close in the clean & jerk section with the Chinese lifter, Lina Peng, needing to do 1kg more in the very final lift in order to take out the gold.

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Fiji to Japan, H.E. Isikeli Mataitonga, was in the audience for the event and witnessed the fantastic performance by Eileen.

Pic: From L-R – Oceania Weightlifting Institute’s Paul Coffa, HE Isikeli Mataitoga - Fiji’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan, Eileen Cikamatana and National Coach, Joe Vueti, after the medal ceremony


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