08 July 2019, Apia Samoa. Tebora Willy of Kiribati takes out the first three gold medals for the Women’s 45kg Category in Weightlifting being held at Gym 1 Tuanaimato Sports Complex today.
Speaking to the media after the event Assistant Coach Tatiete Kannangaki said that this was a proud moment for Kiribati as they celebrate their 3-gold medal victory by Tebora.
“We’ve been preparing and training for months now, so this is such a great feeling to get the results we aimed for.”
There is an excitement through the atmosphere here at Gym1 with all countries cheering on their weightlifters and giving them a boost of confidence and hype as they keep adding on extra weights to challenge personal bests.
Lifting 52kgs in the snatch category Tebora Willy edged out Konio Toua of Papua New Guinea who lifted 50kgs. The bronze went to Nauruan Daniella Ika lifting 35kg, 15kg less than the Silver medalist.
Snatch results. Women’s 45kg division.
Bronze- 35kgs Daniella Ika (Nauru)
Silver- 50kgs Konio Toua (PNG)
Gold-52kgs Tebora Willy (Kiribati)
By the same gap of 2kgs, Tebora Willy also secured Gold for the Clean & Jerk in the Women’s 45kg division with a lift of 67kgs over Konio Toua at 65kgs. The bronze went to Dayalani Reiko from Guam
Clean and Jerk Results. Women’s 45kg Division.
Bronze- 63kgs Dayalani Reiko Vida ( Guam)
Silver- 65kgs Konio Toua (PNG)
Gold- 67kgs Tebora Willy (Kiribati)
That concludes the Womens Senior 45kg category with Gold going to Kiribati, Silver to PNG and Bronze to Nauru.
Women’s 45kg Totals:
1. Gold Medal – Willy Tebora Kiribati
2. Silver Medal – Toua Konio PNG
3. Bronze Medal – Ika Daniella – Nauru
Weightlifting is hosting a 4-in-1 with results also being tabulated for the Oceania and Commonwealth Champs as well as the Olympic Qualifiers. Tebora has also won Gold for Oceania and Bronze for Commonwealth championship with these results.
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