Toua (PNG) upset with snatch display

Dika Toua won a gold medal but missed out on two. Photo: Jon Greenland.

Dika Toua won a gold medal but missed out on two. Photo: Jon Greenland.

By Michelle Jerewai, Games News Service

PORT MORESBY, July 6 – Papua New Guinea’s weightlifting favourite Dika Toua was upset about her performance in the women’s 53kg category at the PNG Power Dome on Sunday.

Despite adding a gold to the PNG medal tally with a winning score of 118kg in the clean and jerk, Toua failed to get a medal in the snatch and also missed out on an overall gong.

“I did not do well in snatch because maybe I was tired from the climb during the opening ceremony and for not having enough rest,” Toua said.

“In sports you can’t expect to be the best all the time. Things happen and a slight technical error can be surprising. I know that everyone in PNG expected more from me, but unfortunately that was the result.”

Toua congratulated her rival Erika Yamasaki (AUS) for the overall win. The two may meet again in the world championships in Houston in November, as well as in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“I wanted to retire but I feel that there is a lot in me that is yet to be done and to achieve for my country. I will continue to train and hopefully go back to New Caledonia for more training,” Toua said.

GNS mj/kd

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