Samoa’s golden boy, Don Opeloge, has secured a bronze medal for Samoa at the IWF 2023 World Cup Grand Prix held in Doha Qatar.
Competing amongst the best in the world in the 102kg category, Opeloge was third behind two renowned international veterans.
Winning the Gold was Fares Elbakh of Qatar – the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Gold medalist. Winning Silver was Huanhua Liu – the current 2023 World Champion.
Responding to Samoa Global News, Samoa Weightlifting Federation President and Officer of the Order of Merit for Samoa, Tuaopepe Asiata Jerry Wallwork says it is an outstanding achievement by the 24 year old Don Opeloge.
“He continues to move closer to that Olympic Gold medal dream,” says Tuaopepe who is also the Head Coach for Samoa’s Weightlifting Team.
Tuaopepe also confirmed that the Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist had smashed two Commonwealth and two Oceania records with his 216 kg Clean n Jerk.
Local sports continue to rely heavily on the generous support of sponsors and the President of Samoa Weightlifting specially thanked the Government of Samoa, the National Bank of Samoa, Pure Pacific Water, PacificAusSports and SASNOC.
“We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us fund the training program and activities of Samoa’s Weightlifting High Performance Unit,” said Tuaopepe.
Samoa lifters Don Opeloge and Iuniarra Sipaia have both qualified for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics and Tuaopepe has more lifters still looking to make Olympic qualification in the coming months.
The 2024 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad commonly known as Paris 2024, is scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August.
Photos: Samoa Weightlifting Federation