Oceania Championships successfully concluded
The Oceania Championships also qualification event for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games took place in Mont Dore (NCL) between 26-30 July.
On the occasion of the Youth Championships Nauru, both Australia and New Zealand secured 1 women and 1 men quota place for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, while Kiribati can send a man and Samoa a women athlete.
At the Senior Championships, Papua New Guinea’s Steven Kari and Nauru’s Charisma Amoe-Tarrant were among the winners on the final day of the Oceania Weightlifting Championships in New Caledonia.
Kari repeated his success from April’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in the 94kg bodyweight category at the multi-purpose arena in Le Mont-Dore. He lifted a total of 340kg in comparison to his 370kg Total in Australia but was still way ahead of his opponents.
Petunu Opeloge (SAM) was second with 317kg and New Zealand’s Douglas Sekone-Fraser took third place with 298kg.
Nauru’s Amoe-Tarrant improved on her Commonwealth Games silver medal to win gold with a 250kg total in the women’s +90kg bodyweight category.
Samoa took two medals: a Silver for Iuniarra Sipaia (SAM), with 242kg and a Bronze for Lesila Fiapule (SAM), with 204kg.
New Zealand’s David Andrew Liti also repeated his Commonwealth Games success with victory in the men’s superheavyweight +105kg category.
He lifted a Total of 360kg to easily beat New Caledonian duo Leon Likafia and Michel Kyle Hisakichi, who were second and third with respective Totals of 240 and 222kg.
Samoa’s Koriata Petelo triumphed with a total of 341kg in the men’s 105kg. He prevailed by just 9kg over Jackson Young of Australia as New Zealand’s Andrius Barakauskas clinched bronze with 311kg.