Samoa Weightlifting records another outstanding performance

Samoa’s Weigthlifting team led by President Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork on the left

The Samoa Weightlifting Federation has recorded another outstanding performance at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. The team of 8 lifters – 3 Women and 5 Men competed in four days of competition ran over a four days with Australia & New Zealand included for the first time in weightlifting for the SPG.
The competition within some divisions was of very high level, reaching Gold & Silver status within the Commonwealth rankings.  Below is the final results for the Samoa Weightlifting Team.

WOMEN:
* Vanessa Lui 69kg   –  1 Gold /2 Silver   –  South Pacific Games 2015
1 Silver medal  –  Oceania Championships 2015
* Mary Opeloge 75kg –  3 Gold medals   –  South Pacific Games 2015
1 Gold medal   – Oceania Championships 2015
* Ele Opeloge 75+kg  –  3 Gold medals   –  South Pacific Games 2015
1 Gold medal   – Oceania Championships 2015

MEN:
* Nevo Ioane 62kg   –  1 Gold  /2 Silver   –  South Pacific Games 2015
1 Silver medal    –  Oceania Championships 2015
* Patrick Pasia 69kg –  3 Silver medals  –  South Pacific Games 2015
1 Gold medal (Junior) – Oceania Championships
* Petunu Opeloge 85kg – 2 Gold /1 Silver  –  South Pacific Games 2015
1 Gold medal  – Oceania Championships 2015
* Siaosi Leuo 94kg   –  1 Gold  /2 Silver   –  South Pacific Games 2015
1 Silver medal    – Oceania Championships 2015
* Lauititi Lui 105+kg  –  3 Silver medals    –  South Pacific Games 2015
1 Gold medal (Junior) – Oceania Championships 2015

Best Overall Senior Female Lifter Trophy  – Mary Opeloge

Best Overall Junior Male Lifter Trophy  –  Lauititi Lui

FINAL RESULT
11 Gold medals (SPG)
11 Silver medals (SPG)
5 Gold medals (Oceania Champs)
3 Silver medals (Oceania Champs)

Ele Opeloge Wins 3 Gold MedalsMary Opeloge Wins 3 Gold Medals

Ele Opeloge Wins 3 Gold Medals and younger sister Mary Opeloge Wins 3 Gold Medals as well

In summary the team in total produced some great performances with many personal best totals achieved.  The highlight was the performance by Siaosi Leuo 94kg, who has only been lifting for 4 years and created a huge upset by winning the Gold medal in the snatch over Steven Kari who was the Commonwealth Gold medalists at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. Further our team was made up of mostly young lifters, and it is an encouraging result as we commence our build up for the Commonwealth Games 2018 Brisbane (Australia).

President Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork thanked SASNOC and the Government of Samoa for supporting the team and for funding the team to participate at the PNG South Pacific Games 2015.

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