29 May 2014

Sport: Oceania Weightlifting Champs underway in Mont Dore

11:50 am on 29 May 2014

Fiji, PNG and Kiribati have picked up gold medals in the Oceania Youth Weightlifting Championships in Mont Dore, New Caledonia.

On the first day of competition, Papua New Guinea's Lohia Heni and John Nou won the snatch and clean and jerk gold medals respectively in the men's 50kg class, with Heni prevailing overall.

Kiribati's Ruben Katoatau swept the podium in the men's 56kg class, while New Zealand's Cameron Moss did the same in the 62kg division.

In the women's competition, Maria Mareta from Fiji won the women's 44kg class, compatriot Ulina Sagone did the same in the 53kg divison, while Bea Ovia from Papua New Guinea claimed the snatch, clean and jerk and overall titles in the 48kg class.

The 58kg class was the closest affair with 14 year olds Helen Frank from PNG and Charrae Myers Reynolds both snatching 51kg, however Frank claimed gold by virtue of weighing less than her rival.

Another Australian, Madeline Wu could only manage third in the snatch but trumped everyone in the clean and jerk to claim the overall title with a total lift of 121kg, six kilograms clear of Myers Reynolds.

The Age Grade Championships is being used as a qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games in China later this year.

The senior Oceania Championships begin on Thursday and run until Saturday.