Sanele Mao breaks Oceania, Commonwealth records, wins three Pacific Games medals

Sanele Mao dominated the 109 kg men category of the four-in-one International Weightlifting Championships, winning three Pacific Games gold medals and breaking Oceania and Commonwealth records on the way.

The 32-year-old from Vaitele and Falealupo’s snatch of 160 kg equalled the Oceania record and earned him Pacific Games gold, before a massive clean and jerk of 206 kg meant he broke the Commonwealth and Oceania records for clean and jerk and total.

Petelo Lautusi and Petunu Opeloge both medalled for Samoa in the 102 kg men category of the four-in one International Weightlifting Championships.

Opeloge won Pacific Games gold in the snatch (150 kg) over Lautusi (140 kg) in bronze position, but looked to pick up some sort of injury with his first attempt.

The 26-year-old from Vaoala and Alafua went on to miss all three of his 195 kg clean and jerk attempts, but Lautusi achieved silver in the Pacific Games clean and jerk (170 kg) and total (310 kg).

The 21-year-old from Tufuiopa also won Oceania Championship silver and Commonwealth Championship bronze.

102 kg men category champion across the Pacific Games and Oceania Championships, and silver medallist in the Commonwealth Championships, David Katoatau of Kiribati, dislocated his shoulder during the event and was taken to hospital immediately following the Pacific Games medal ceremony.

Maeu Nanai Livi opened the final day of the four-in-one International Weightlifting Tournament at Gym 1 Tuana’imato on Saturday with three Pacific Games bronze medals in the 96 kg men category.

He also won bronze in the Commonwealth and Oceania Senior competitions, and gold in both the Commonwealth and Oceania Junior competitions.

The 20 year old from Afiomalu lifted 154 kg in the snatch; a new Oceania Junior record and good enough to win Pacific Games bronze.

In the clean and jerk, Livi’s lift of 181 kg was enough to set the Oceania Junior record as well, and secure his second Pacific Games bronze.

His 335 kg total also won him Pacific Games bronze and set yet another Ocenia Junior record, as well as the Commonwealth Junior record.

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