13 Sep 2013

Sport: Young Marshall Islands weightlifter impresses on big stage

11:03 am on 13 September 2013

A Marshall Islands teenage weightlifter turned heads at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna this week, collecting three silver medals in her first open competition.

Sixteen-year-old Mattie Jacob-Sasser, the reigning Oceania Junior titleholder, who competes in the 58kg weight class, lifted 72kg in the snatch competition, earning her a silver medal.

In the clean and jerk, she lifted 90kg to pick up the silver and also received a silver for total pounds lifted.

The Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee President Kenneth Kramer says Jacob-Sasser's performance is hugely promising and believes the republic's weightlifters will prove a force to be reckoned with in Oceania.

Jacob-Sasser's medals are the first weightlifting medals the Marshall Islands has won at a Pacific Games and the most medals won by a Marshallese athlete at the Pacific regional competition.

She came in second only to Jenlyn Tegu Wini, a 30-year old veteran lifter from Solomon Islands, who competed last summer at the London Olympic Games.