Powerlifting

Nauru powerlifters gold rush

Nauru's Nitram Dagagio won gold in the under 74kg, with Papua New Guinea winning silver and Kiribati bronze.

In the 83kg category, Nauru also took gold and silver, with Tahiti winning bronze.

In the up to 93kg category, Nauru's Jesse Roland again took gold, with Tahiti (Miguel Hopuetai) taking silver and bronze going to New Caledonia’s (Frederick Warsdi).

Roland said: "I am very happy about the result, and of course this is what I was dreaming of - to take home my gold medal."

Powerlifters vie for medals

Eleven countries are participating in the powerlifting competition.

Powerlifters compete in three disciplines - squat, bench press and dead lift, each designed to measure different aspects of strength.

Athletes get at least three attempts at each and the winner will be determined by the highest weight total of the best lift in each discipline.

In 2015, hosts Papua New Guinea were dominant, particularly in the women's divisions where they claimed six of seven possible gold medals.

All eyes will be on whether they repeat the feat in 2019.

   

Nauruan powerlifters aim higher after breaking world record

 Nauruan powerlifters Deamo Baguga and Erving Harris have set their goals higher in the sport of powerlifting after breaking world records at the annual Fitness and Health Expo held in Sydney, Australia.

Baguga was up against some strong opponents in the 83kg category, and he was determined to break the world record.

He set a new world record in the deadlift with his lift of 316.5kg. He benched 140kg and his squat was 270kg giving him an overall of 726.5kg.

Nauru shines in powerlifting

Papua New Guinea meanwhile were shadowed by their opponents grabbing bronze in the two events they competed in.

Alfred Mel and Vagi Henry competed in the 105kg and +120kg finishing third respectively.

Roy Detabena and Jezza Uepa representing Nauru won gold in the 93kg and +120kg respectively. 

While in the 93kg division Ofisa Ofisa of Samoa won the gold and Telupe Isefa of Tuvalu won gold in the 120kg.

In the other final session results, 93kg silver went to Raboe Roland (Nauru) and Teotahi Hinau (Tahiti) got bronze.