December 6th, 2017
The 20-year-old lifted 96kg in the snatch and 123kg in the clean and jerk on Tuesday evening, breaking her own records in the process.
Sasser said: “I am very excited about winning, and really happy about breaking so many records. I am so thankful for everyone who has given their support.”
Amanda Gould won New Zealand’s first medals in a Pacific Mini Games with three silvers in the women’s 63kg, while Maximina Uepa from Nauru picked up three bronze medals.
In the women’s 58kg category, Solomon Islands’ Jenly Wini won three gold medals. Samoa’s Sekolasitika Isaia picked up all three silvers, and Sofia Kinikinilau of Fiji claimed the three bronze on offer.
Papua New Guinea continued their weightlifting medal-winning exploits in the men’s 62kg event with Morea Baru comfortably claiming the three golds on offer, lifting 129kg in the snatch and 155kg in the clean and jerk. Fiji’s Poama Qaqa won the three silver medals, while 16-year-old Moses Ezekiel of Nauru, the youngest athlete in this category, won three bronze medals.
Morea said: “I am very proud to win three gold medals for PNG. I want to say thank you to Vanuatu for hosting this wonderful Games. I won three gold medals in Wallis and Futuna (2011 Pacific Mini Games) in the 56kg category, but this is my second time and I have moved up to 62kg.”
In the Men’s 56kg category, Fiji won three gold medals courtesy of Manueli Tulo, while Nauru’s Elson Brechtefeld claimed three silvers and Walter Shadrack of the Solomon Islands won three bronze.
PNG’s weightlifting spoils saw them lead the Van 2017 medal tally at the end of day two.
Story by Flo Vanua
Photos by Peter Carroll