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24 local weightlifters to participate in Oceania Championship

Weightlifting Fiji has named a strong team of 24 athletes for the upcoming 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships. The Championships will be held at the Vodafone Arena from Tuesday 24th May to Saturday 28th May and will also serve as the Olympic Qualification Tournament The Senior Men’s Team of 8 Athletes will be fighting to finish […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 19, 2016 2:50 pm

Weightlifting Fiji has named a strong team of 24 athletes for the upcoming 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships.

The Championships will be held at the Vodafone Arena from Tuesday 24th May to Saturday 28th May and will also serve as the Olympic Qualification Tournament

The Senior Men’s Team of 8 Athletes will be fighting to finish in the top 5, while the Women’s Team of 7 Lifters will target to finish in the Top 4.

The competitors will score points as follows:

  • 1st Place – 28 Points
  • 2nd Place – 25 Points
  • 3rd Place – 23 Points
  • 4th Place – 22 Points
  • 5th Place – 21 Points

While New Caledonia will compete at the Oceania Championships, they will not be in contention for points for Rio Qualifications, as they come under the French Olympic Committee in the European Continental event.

Each of the top 5 Men’s Team will secure one place each, while each of the top 4 Women’s Team will gain one place each at the Rio 2016 Weightlifting Competition.

Fiji will also have strong representation in the Junior and Youth championships which will be run concurrently as part of the 2016 OWC.

Overseas teams are expected to start arriving this Sunday.

The Championships will be held at the Vodafone Arena from Tuesday 24th May to Saturday 28th May and will also serve as the Olympic Qualification Tournament

Men – Manueli Tulo, Poama Qaqa, Isikeli Dau, William Dannis Bucknell, Charlie Lolohea, Patrick Tawake Veidreyaki, Mesake Raiviu, Kamoe Erasito, Taniela Tikoisuva Rainibogi, Sitiveni Nukuse, Emosi Tabuasuka, Timothy Victor Tuitoga Vakuruivalu, Isaiah Elder and Rehana Tonu.

Women – Seruwaia Malani, Ulina Tinaiadivila Sagone, Julia Ana Timi, Apolonia Vaivai, Eileen Floanna Maria Cikamatana, Maraia Moana, Setaita Matavura Ratubalavu, Filomena Simmons, Sofia Koto Kinikinilau and Ulamila Ceva Lyvon Cirikisuva.

Fiji Weightlifting coach Joe Vueti is confident his top athletes will qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio from the Oceania Weightlifting Championship scheduled for May 24th to the 28th at Vodafone Arena.

Manueli Tulo during the Pacific Games. (Port Moresby 2015)
Manueli Tulo during the Pacific Games. (Port Moresby 2015)

Vueti said the competition is an Olympic qualifying event and that they would have to be at the top of their game.

VUETI: “In the women’s category they have to be in the top four and for the men’s category, they will have to be in top five.”

Vueti said from their series of trials done in the past months, he is satisfied and confident that his top athletes will be in the top seeds in both the men’s and women’s category.

More than 150 weightlifters from 24 countries in the region will be competing in the competition.

Fiji is expecting to select fifteen strong lifters to represent the country.

Currently, 20 men and 14 women have gone through series of trials which ended on Saturday last week.

Mr. Vueti said the series of trials was to monitor and maintain the performance of the squad after their preparations differed due to Cyclone Winston which hit Fiji recently.

VUETI: “Now we are back on our training and there has been a positive result.”

He said for the Rio Olympic he will rely on his current gold Oceania gold medallist and Pacific game champion Manueli Tulo who is undergoing training in New Caledonia.

He said for women, they would have stiff competition and would have to fight to make the top four.

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