Opeloge leads charge as Samoa obliterates New Zealand
The Samoa Weightlifting team continues to obliterate their competition in the virtual Oceania Weightlifting Federation league, with New Zealand becoming their latest skull.
Samoa conquered New Zealand by a whopping 626kgs, with Don Opeloge leading the charge.
Weighing in at 96 kgs, Opeloge snatched a personal best of 177kgs, cleaned and jerked 215kgs for a total of 392kgs. Weightlifting coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork, said Opeloge's performance places him among the top weightlifters in the world.
A statement from the Oceania Weightlifting Federation League acknowledges Team Samoa's massive effort.
"Samoa is well ahead of everyone and so far unbeaten," the statement reads.
"The team is far too strong for the rest of the field. They defeated New Zealand by 626kg. The Oceania league tournament is getting better and better each round. Some of the results are world standard. Have a look at Don Opeloge from Team Samoa..."
Tuaopepe is naturally pleased with his team's efforts.
"The competition is run under the Oceania Weightlifting Federation and the International Weightlifting Federation. Don's lifts over the weekend have placed him in 2nd place ranking in the world," he said.
As for the team, Tuaopepe said the squad they have now is one of the best Samoa has had.
"This team's performance is the best ever since my time as a coach," he said. "As a coach, it is a proud moment to see this young team keep improving. Credit goes to the lifters for the many months of hard training and preparations."
The New Zealand team consisted of: Cameron Mc Taggart, Morgan Gibbons, Kaden Gibbons, Sione Tonga, David Liti, Robert Jordan, Cam Urgert, Megan Signal, Samantha Hansen, Olivia McFarland, Hayley Whiting, Pip Patterson, Annika Roberts, and Shelby Wells.
As for the SWA Weightlifting Samoa's team, was made up of: John Tofi, Bob Pesaleli, Jack Opeloge, Don Opeloge, Petelo Lautusi, Sanele Mao, Junior Tasi, Avatu Opeloge, Sekolasitika Isaia, Saofaialo Jim, Leotina Petelo, Lesila Fiapule, Luniarra Sipaia, and Fegaiga Stowers.
New Zealand's total aggregate score was 2094.5kgs while Samoa's aggregate score was 2721.33kgs.
Samoa is set to meet Kiribati in the fifth round of the OWF on 30th and 31st October.