Don Opeloge smashes Oceania records, wins Australian Open

Weightlifter Don Opeloge won the Australian Open men's 96 kg category on Saturday evening in Canberra, breaking three Oceania records on the way.

The 20-year-old dominated fellow competitors John Cheah of Singapore and Robert Jordan of New Zealand, lifting a total weight 74 kilograms more than Cheah's silver medal performance.

Opeloge's 164 kg snatch on his third lift broke his own Oceania record of 160 kg.

He performed even better in the clean and jerk, breaking his record of 202 kg with a mammoth 210 kg effort, which also ties Canadian Boady Santavy's Commonwealth record.

The 374 kg total ranks as the 14th best performance in the category over the last year, and since each nation can put up just one lifter in each category for the Olympics, Opeloge is around the top ten in the world heading to that tournament in July.

John Cheah finished second in the Open with a total of 300 kg, while Robert Jordan finished third having managed 283 kg.

On Friday Opeloge's fellow S.W.A. Samoa Weightlifting Team member Vaipava Nevo Ioane won gold in the men's 67 kg category.

Iuniarra Sipaia (women's +87 kg), Sanele Mao (men's 109 kg) and Lauititi Lui (men's +109 kg) are all lifting on Sunday.

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