30 Jul 2014

Sport: PNG's Steven Kari wins gold in Glasgow

8:40 am on 30 July 2014

Papua New Guinea weightlifter Steven Kari has won the gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Commonwealth Championships and Pacific Games champion, lifted 149kg in the snatch and 200kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 349kg in the men's 94kg division.

Australia's Simplice Ribouem finished with the same combined lift but was awarded the silver medal because of his heavier body-weight.

Samoa's Sanele Mao was ninth with a total lift of 305kg.

It's the third weightlifting medal for the Pacific on day six in Glasgow, after Samoa's Mary Opeloge and Apolonia Vaivai from Fiji won silver and bronze in the women's 75kg class.