6 Aug 2012

Sport: Illness blamed for Opeloge missing medal

10:12 am on 6 August 2012

Samoan weightlifter Ele Opeloge has missed out on a medal at the London Olympics.

The Pacific Games and Oceania champion finished sixth in the women's over 75kg class, snatching 117 and clean and jerking 150 for a total of 267kg.

Opeloge had gone into the Games below her best after contracting chickenpox a month ago and her coach, Jerry Wallwork, says a string of illnesses simply caught up with her.

"I reckon she would have won the bronze medal today if she would have been in her top form - I'm almost 100 percent sure. With what she did in Delhi and if she would have been in top form now she would have won the bronze medal today. She's still young enough - she can go to the next Olympics - but that really depends on her. She's got to put in the hard work or she's not going to make it."

The gold medal was won by China's Zhou Lulu with a world record lift of 333kg while Cook Islands lifter Luisa Peters finished 12th.