The snatch class proved to be fairly a problem for the 35-year-old Hanuabada athlete as her 74kg carry was counted as “no carry” after three failed makes an attempt on the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Beneath the 59kg class, Wini Jenly from the Solomon Islands lifted 80kg, whereas Australia’s Erika Yamasaki had 72kg beneath her belt within the 55kg division, adopted by each Toua and SI’s Mary Lifu with 70kg every.
Within the clear and jerk class, the 35-year-old got here again with a lot stronger conviction, giving her all to achieve a complete of 95kg. Added to the 70 factors from the snatch class, Toua’s complete of 165kg noticed her seize gold.
Australia’s Yamasaki additionally topped the 55kg division with 165 kilograms whereas Wini from SI took out gold within the 59kg division.
The foundations of the Worldwide Weightlifting Federation to qualify for the Olympics is to compete at six worldwide occasions in an 18-month time from the Olympics. Toua now has yet another occasion to go, and that’s the Oceania Championships in Nauru on April 21 to 26.
She beforehand competed on the Egats Cup in Thailand and likewise the Arafura Video games in Australia. Within the second six months, she competed on the Pacific Video games and the Oceania Championships in Samoa and the World Championships in Thailand within the month of September.
The veteran lifter will make Olympic historical past once more if she qualifies to compete on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games in July this 12 months.
The primary time she entered the file books was on the Sydney Olympics in 2000 the place she turned the primary feminine weightlifter to carry on the Olympics when ladies’s weightlifting competitors was contested for the primary time on the Olympic Video games.
The PNG Olympic Committee says Toua is now on the verge of one other historic sporting second for Group PNG as she pursues her fifth look on the Olympics. She is going to develop into the primary feminine weightlifter on the earth to compete on the Olympics 5 instances.
“It is extremely overwhelming for me, to be the primary feminine weightlifter on the Olympic platform and now going to the Olympics for the fifth time is one thing I wish to do, so I’m working exhausting in the direction of it and staying optimistic and actually trying ahead to it,” she mentioned.
Toua has been extremely aggressive in her final 4 Olympic look ending 10th place in Sydney 2000 within the 48kg division, sixth in Athens in 2004, eighth in Beijing in 2008 and 12th place in London within the 53kg division. Whereas her principal focus now could be to qualify, Toua stays assured in her expertise and can be not ruling out the prospect of an Olympic medal.
Meantime, PNG’s Morea Baru has additionally received gold within the males’s 61kg weightlifting competitors on Friday.
(Dika Toua effortlessly lifting 85kg within the clear and jerk)