Weightlifters set for Olympics

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 10 July 2024, 7:00PM

Medal prospects Don Opeloge and Iuniarra Sipaia are ready for the Olympic Games despite a hip injury to the latter, says Samoa Weightlifting president, Tuaopepe Asiata Jerry Wallwork.

"The team is training well, everything is set and we're ready to go. Only two qualified, Don Opeloge and Iuniarra Sipaia. We had a very tough qualifier for weightlifting. We had to make the top 10 in the world to qualify," he said. 

"Everybody had to make it in the top 10. Sanele Mao was the other one, he came really close. He came 11th.

"We leave on 21 July. Weightlifting competition does not start until 9 August. We have two and a half weeks before competition. We have been training hard from the beginning of this year.

Opeloge is injury-free however Sipaia is still recovering from a hip injury. Tuaopepe believes it will not affect Sipaia's preparations and competition.

"We have a physiotherapist attached to our team. She's coming out of it now. Hopefully, by the time we get to Paris, she should be all right," said Tuaopepe.

"It had an impact in the last two weeks but like I said she is still training not to the maximum but she is still training. And you know she hasn't stopped training, so the strength is still there and she'll be ready to compete at the Olympic Games." 

On Tuesday, the weightlifting team was invited by the Australian High Commission onboard the HMAS Choules to have a training session with the crew.

They have four weeks and a half until competition and will ease off on their training when they land in Paris.


By Vaelei Von Dincklage 10 July 2024, 7:00PM
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