1 Aug 2014

Sport: Kiribati's Commonwealth gold medal a long time coming

11:14 am on 1 August 2014

Kiribati Chef De Mission Maata Yetzes says the country's first ever Commonwealth Games medal is a special moment that has been a long time coming.

Weightlifter David Katoatau prevailed in the men's 105kg divison on Thursday, lifting a combined total of 348kg to claim the gold medal.

Katoatau missed out on a medal in Delhi four years ago but Yetzes believes the stars aligned in Glasgow.

"At this time we were really confident in him. We were already informed by his coach at the [Oceania Weightlifting] Institute in Noumea and that's why we were really hoping and all of us kept our fingers crossed. All of Kiribati people's hope is on him because we know that he can do it and he's been away from his family only for this training and that's why this Glasgow 2014 is the time for him".