Double silver for Samoa in Games weightlifting

9:17 am on 4 August 2022

Samoa's weightlifters took out two silver medals on Thursday in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Jack Opelonge finished second in the men's 109kg class, while Feagaiga Stowers also picked up silver in the women's 87 plus category.

Opelonge lifted 358kg, only 3kg behind Cameroon's Junior Nyabeyeu.

Samoa Global News says he was denied gold when his clean and jerk lift of 200kg was overturned after a panel review found it to be a no-lift.

He had to settle for a lift of 194kg instead, and silver.

Feagaiga Stowers.

Feagaiga Stowers. Photo: © Copyright Andrew Cornaga / Photosport Ltd 2018

His success follows the gold-medal winning lifts of his elder brother Don Opelonge just 24 hours earlier.

Samoa Global News said Jack Opeloge was the lightest amongst his competitors and would have competed in the 102kg division but it was withdrawn.

Stowers lifted 268kg, which was some distance behind the eventual gold medallist, Emily Campbell of England.

Tonga's Kuinini Manumua was fifth.

Meanwhile, Petelo Lautusi finished fourth in the men's super-heavyweight class.

Samoa finish the games with four weightlifting medals - one gold and three silver.

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