By James Cowling, Games News Service
PORT MORESBY, July 5 – Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallists Steven Kari (PNG) and Dika Toua (PNG) will be hoping to repeat their magic on home turf as they vie for gold medals at the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games.
Kari won gold in the men’s -94kg weight class in Glasgow, while Toua took the women’s -53kg title.
Both weightlifters are also Pacific Games champions from Noumea 2011, but Kari has since jumped up from the -85kg class to -94kg.
Kari’s sister Rita Kari (PNG) will also be competing at Port Moresby 2015 as a defending champion having won gold in the -63kg in Noumea four years ago.
David Katoatau (KIR) is returning to the Pacific Games after winning gold medal at Glasgow 2014 in the men’s -105kg class, the first ever Commonwealth Games medal for Kiribati. Katoatau took -94kg silver in Noumea.
Faavae Faauliuli (SAM), who won the men’s -94kg gold medal at both the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and Noumea 2011, is back too.
Defending women’s +75kg champion, Ele Opeloge (SAM), also returns to Pacific Games action. She is a prolific medallist in international competition, having also won silver at Glasgow 2014 and gold at Delhi 2010.
For the first time in the Pacific Games, Australia and New Zealand will be competing, and both have sent athletes in weightlifting as well as sailing, taekwondo and rugby 7’s.
The venue for weightlifting is the PNG Power Dome, with the women’s -48kg class the first to hoist the bar as four gold medals are decided on day one of competition on Sunday July 5
For information about weightlifting tickets call the Pacific Games hotline on 180 2015 or download the ticket purchasing guide.