6 Sep 2013

Sport: Samoa win 9 golds in final day of weightlifting

6:47 am on 6 September 2013

Samoa won nine gold medals in the space of an afternoon to cap a stunning three days of weightlifting at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.

Oceania champion Mary Opeloge kicked things off in the women's 75kg division, breaking her own Oceania clean and jerk record.

Iuni Simanu followed suit with another three gold medals in the women's over 75kg division, before Tovia Opeloge capped it off by sweeping the men's 105kg plus division.

Papua New Guinea's Steven Kari was also in top form in the men's 94kg division, lifting 147kg in the snatch and 337kg total to break the Commonwealth Junior, Oceania Junior, Pacific Games and South Pacific Junior records.

While David Katoatau from Kiribati swept the podium in the men's 105kg division, taking his country's gold medal total in the Kafika Hall to seven.

"I lift more than my best in London so I'm very happy today I break the records. I feel very happy so I just want to [say] thanks to my coach Paul Coffa and his wife for helping me."

Weightlifting is the first sport to finish its competition at the Mini Games although the lifters won't rest for long with the Commonwealth Championships in Malaysia in November