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Apolonia Vaivai pays heavy price

05:00 Tue Dec 05, 2017

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Report by: Meli Tavaga

Apolonia Vaivai finished in 12th place at the World Championships, in Arnhem, USA in the 69Kg.

She snatched 94kg and missed 97kg twice. In the jerk, she did 115kg which gave her a total of 209kg.

Coach Joe Vueti says this was well below her personal best that she recorded at the Commonwealth Championships, in Gold Coast in September, where she recorded a total of 227.

Vueti says suffered with two cramps during her snatch warm up and this really affected her performance.

“She had cramps to her biceps and to her right thigh. She lost a lot of fluids from her body which contributed to the cramps. I felt sorry for her because it’s like we tortured her for the last 5 days with saunas since there is no other option.”

Vaivai is currently at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu where she will be competing in the 75kg at the Pacific Mini Games.

Apolonia has qualified for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, as the number one lifter in the 69Kg.

Meanwhile, Manueli Tulo finished in a career best 8th position at the IWF World Weightlifting Championships, in Anaheim, USA earlier in the week.

He lifted 103Kg in the snatch and 135Kg in the Clean & Jerk with a total of 238Kg. This was below the 245Kg that he lifted two weeks in Suva a fortnight ago.

Tulo missed 107Kg twice in the snatch and 138Kg in the Clean & Jerk at the Championships.

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