Queen Ele powers the records

Photo: Samoa’s Ele Opeloge, Oceania and Commonwealth queen of weightlifting, attempts to clean 155kg yesterday. 09100186

Ele Opeloge of Samoa is the undisputed weightlifting queen of the Pacific.

Her impressive weightlifting career earned her the title but in yesterday’s women’s +75kg category lift – she proved it again.

She set a new Pacific Games record with her first snatch lift of 120kg smashing the previous record lift of 113kg which she also set.

She then set another new record just minutes later with a massive lift of 125kg to not only re-set a new Pacific Games snatch record but a new Oceania and Commonwealth record.

And that was just the first half of her competition.

In the clean and jerk she cleaned 145kg first up then added an extra 5kg for a 150kg lift to set yet another new Pacific Games record in the clean and jerk category.

Ele then attempted a lift of 155kg in her final lift but she buckled under the weight.

If she had successfully cleaned the lift, she would have set a new total record for the Oceania and South Pacific region.

Her final total lift of 275kg also registered as a new games total lift.

Already Ele is the Pacific, Oceania and Commonwealth games champion.

She was definitely in a class of her own in the +75kg category taking all three gold medals for the snatch, clean and jerk and total lift.

Niue’s Narita Vilamu snatched the three silver medals with a total lift of 205kg (85kg snatch and 120kg clean and jerk).

The real battle in the category was for the bronze medal between newcomers to the sport Noeline Luaki of New Caledonia and our very own Luisa Peters.

After a failed first lift of 52kg in the snatch, Luisa went on to successfully lift 57kg and 60kg for her final snatch lift.

Noeline also failed her first lift of 52kg with a successful second lift of 60kg and third lift of 62kg.

The mind games began in the clean and jerk and the two girls’ coaches jostled adding a kg at a time to the girls lift.

Luisa then cleaned her first lift of 67kg with Noeline cleaning 70kg in her first lift.

Luisa then lifted 74kg successfully in her second lift with Noeline also having a successful second lift of 75kg.

Luisa then returned to the stage for her final lift of a whopping 82kg but unfortunately the weight was too much for her – likewise for Noeline who also attempted to lift the same weight.

It was a disappointing final lift for our local girl who was only 3kg off the bronze medal that was awarded to Noeline.

But with a few more years of development and training our very own Luisa Peters will no doubt step up to the same class as Samoa’s golden girl Ele Opeloge. - Cook Islands News


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Result Update...



 David Katoatau  KIR  140  180  320  1
 Saimone Turaganivalu  FIJ  132  160  292  2
 Jonathan Yoshida  SAM  125  160  285  3
 Alosio Fatoga  NCL  100  140  240  4
 Sione Vasi  TGA  90  115  205  5
 Simon Tiakia  NIU  82  110  192  6
 Honoura Roopinia  TAH  70  100  170  7
 Romano Porutu  TAH  70  80  150  8


 Meameaa Thomas
 KIR  140  180  320  1
 Amete Luaki
 NCL  137  166  303  2
 Tovia Opeloge
 SAM  130  161  291  3
 Ioane Thomas
 KIR  120  150  270  4
 Apineru Vaoga
 ASA  110  128  238  5
 Braydon Dean Hakeagaiki
 NIU  57  82  139  6
 Dimos Tinitua Timo
 TAH  52  65  117  7
 David Finau
 TGA  100    ---------


C & JERK(kg)
 Ele Opeloge
 125 NR
 150 NR
 275 NR
 Narita Viliamu
 NIU  85  120  205  2
 Noeline Luaki
 NCL  62  75  137  3
 Luisa Peters
 COK  60  74  134  4


 Itte Detenamo
 NRU  176 NR
 210  386 NR
 Samuel Pera
 COK  140  172  312  2
 Maamaloa Lolohea
 TGA  110  171  281  3
 Theron Taupau
 ASA  125  155  280  4
 Iotua Terevaura
 TAH  65  80  145  5
 Jean Claude Teuravehe
 TAH  55  65  120  6

Te Karere Board - Today's Events


Today's Events:

10.00AM Men 94 kg
KIR-GOLD (David Katoatau)
FIIJ-SILVER (Saimone Turaganivalu)
SAM-BRONZE (Jonathon Yoshida)

12.15PM Men 105kg
KIR-GOLD (Meameaa Thomas)

NCL- SILVER (Amete Luaki)
SAM-BRONZE (Tovia Opeloge)

2.30PM      Women +75kg Progress
Ele Opeloge new Games record with her first lift of 120 kg
Ele Opeloge new Commonwealth record with her second lift of 125kg
Third lift - failed attempt

SAM-GOLD (Ele Opeloge)

NIU-SILVER (Narita Viliamu)

NCL-BRONZE (Noeline Luaki)

4.45PM      Men +105kg
-NRU-GOLD(Itte Detenamo)
                                    COK-SILVER(Samuel Pera)
                                    TGA-BRONZE(Maamaloa Lolohea)