Gold Gold Gold...
What a great achivement for Yukio Peter to win gold for Nauru in the 77kg division.
It was a very close battle between Nauru and the Nigerian.
Both were equal in the snatch lifting 148kg. The Nigerian was leading because of lighter body weight. In the Clean &Jerk they both put down their starting attempt of 180kg. The Nigerian followed every move of Nauru to take the advantage of lighter body weight. So it was pure tatics by the coaches at back stage. Coach Paul Coffa mastering every move took a gable starting Peters on 185kg for his first attempt, which was very successful knowing that Peter's is very strong in the clean & jerk, and hoping for the Nigerian lifter to follow, and also knowing that the Nigerian lifter is within his maximum lift and never lifted more than 185kg, The Nigerian coach felt for it and took the biggest gable of his life and started on 185kg to take the lead. He missed all 3 attempts and bomb-out missing silver and bronze medal.
Yukio Peters attempted his last 2 lift for Commonwealth Games record. Both were not successful knowing that he had already won gold for his country. A very proud moment for Peters, Peters Family, Nauru and the Nauru Weightlifting Federation..
Comments from Yukio Peter: Ive waited 4 years for this gold. And now I can claim to be commonwealth games champion in the 77kg class. All my nightmares that have hunted me for the last 4 years are gone after missing the gold in Melbourne and now very proud of my achivement. I would like to dedicate this to my Mum, Brother/Sister and family in Nauru.
Congratulations! to Coach Paul Coffa who bagged another gold for his collection winning his 33 gold medals coaching at the Commonwealth games and still waiting for more collection from his instititue lifters in the Super Heavy weight 105kg+Itte Detenamo, 105kg Nusila Opelonge, Ele Opelonge 75kg+