Yamasaki wins weightlifting gold for Australia

Erika Yamasaki dominated the 53kg women's weightlifting

Erika Yamasaki dominated the 53kg women’s weightlifting. Photo by Jon Greenland.

By Willie Lovai, Games News Service

PORT MORESBY, July 5 – Erika Yamasaki (AUS) stole gold from Papua New Guinean favourite Dika Toua (PNG) with a massive 179kg total in the 53kg women’s weightlifting at the PNG Power Dome on Sunday.

The Australian claimed victory with an 82kg snatch and a clean and jerk of 97kg, amounting to a winning score of 179kg.

After coming second to Toua in the clean and jerk, Yamasaki dominated the match.

Charlotte Moss (NZ) took silver and Marry Kini Lifu (SI) claimed the bronze medal.

With the standard being set high for the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games weightlifting competition, host PNG will have to step up to the challenge to add to its medal tally.

GNS wl/kd

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