Baru shatters Oceania record in weightlifting
Morea Baru broke the Oceania region’s 26 year old record in the Snatch to set a new record in the category during the men’s 62kg division competition today in Port Vila.
A fired up Baru cleared 129kg, two kilograms more than the old record which was held by Marcus Stephen since 1991.
Marcus Stephen who is the President of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation, watched the competition and was acknowledged by the crowd and the tournament organisers as his record fell.
Baru also won the Clean & Jerk category with a lift of 120kg which was also his total after dropping his other two attempts. His total of 249kg also gave him the gold in the overall tally.
The win sets Baru in good stead in his preparation for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 which he has been working hard towards.
“Now that I broke the Oceania record I’m really happy about that as all my hard work has paid off. I’m looking forward now to the Commonwealth Games where I hope to make PNG proud again,” he said.
Baru’s three gold medals adds to Dika and Thelma Toua’s six gold medals won earlier in the day to bring PNG’s total after the first day of competition to nine.
Other competitions for Team PNG included the Table Tennis team event on Monday and this morning’s opening rounds for Tennis.
The Karate team and officials for Boxing arrived in Port Vila today while Beach volleyball landed on Monday in time for the Opening Ceremony.
Wednesday’s events will see Golf, Table Tennis, Beach volleyball and Tennis take to the field. Weightlifting will see Toua Udia compete in the men’s 69kg division.
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