Two Time Olympian Wins Gold At Commonwealth & Oceania Championships

Two time Olympian Manueli Tulo showed why he is considered one of Fiji's best weightlifters after he won a Gold Medal at the Oceania Championships at the Gold Coast, Australia today.

Tulo along with teammate Poama Qaqa won gold medals on the first day of competitions.

Tulo lifted 107Kg in the snatch and 135Kg in the Clean & Jerk, narrowly missing the 140Kg.

His total of 242Kg won him the Gold Medal in the Oceania Title ahead of Elson Breckterfield of Nauru and Lynton Hargraves of Australia.

In lifting 242Kg he finished 5th in the Commonwealth Championships, in a very closely fought event.

Winner was Azroy Muhammad of Indonesia who lifted 253Kg to win the gold.

Silver went to Jayasooriya of Sri Lanka on 247Kg, and Gururaja of India finished with 246Kg for the bronze.

Today’s win makes it the 9th Gold Medal that Tulo has won at the Oceania Championships since 2010.

Meanwhile Poama Qaqa won the bronze Medal in the Commonwealth Junior Championships while finished 6th in the Commonwealth Senior Event.

Poama also won the Gold Medal in the Oceania Junior Championships and a further Bronze medal in the Oceania Senior Championships.

He lifted 109Kg in the snatch and 135Kg in the Clean & Jerk to record a total lift of 244Kg, which was a personal best for Poama in International Competitions.

Weightlifting Fiji is expecting both Tulo and Poama to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, based upon their performances in Gold Coast.

The remaining three lifters will be competing on the following Fiji Times:

Thursday 5:30pm – Taniela Rainibogi in 85Kg Weight category
Friday 1:35pm - Apolonia Vaivai in 69Kg Weight Category
Saturday 9:00am – Eileen Cikamatana in 90Kg Weight Category




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