Don Opeloge Sets 2 Commonwealth and 2 Oceania Records at Pacific Elite International in Melbourne

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Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Don Opeloge.

Samoa’s golden boy Don Opeloge accomplishes yet another exceptional feat at the Pacific Elite International Tournament in Hawthorn Melbourne this week, breaking two Commonwealth and two Oceania records in the Men’s 102kg weightlifting category.

The Commonwealth Games gold medalist also took out the Best Overall Male lifter which came with a prize of $1000 AUD.

Don has been in top form and on the second day of training in Melbourne, he completed a Personal Best Push Press of  210kg.

Don Opeloge aces a personal best push press of 210kg during a pre-event training session. Images: SWF Inc.

In similar winning fashion Big Boy Sanele Mao also powered through to win the men’s 109+kg division at the Pacific Elite International.

Sanele Mao had won Gold for Samoa as a 32 year old at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonweath Games and is living proof that age is just a number in elite sports.

Big Boy Sanele Mao takes out the 109k+ category at the Pacific Elite International Tournament in Hawthorn Melbourne. Images: SWF Inc.

Samoa’s Weightlifting National Team left for Australia a week ago led by President and Head Coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Their training in Australia has included the opportunity to go through a training session at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in Dromana, Victoria with legendary lifting coach Paul Coffa.

Training with legendary Coach Paul Coffa. Image: SWF Inc.

The high-achieving team whose values are centered around humility and uncompromosing hard work left for Australia on Mondag 20th March, before the event last Friday 25th.

TEAM SAMOA
FEMALE
Avatu Opeloge 76kg
Lesila Fiapule 87kg
Feagaiga Stowers 87+kg

MALE
Nevo Ioane 67kg
John Tafi 73kg
Tovio Ah Chong 81kg
Don Opeloge 102kg
Sanele Mao 109kg