Waneasi lifting Solomon Islands' standards

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-12 11:26:30|Editor: Yurou
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BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Betty Waneasi, the Solomon Islands' only weightlifter at the Youth Olympic Games, finished last in the women's 58kg category on Thursday, but is buoyed by the belief that there will be investment in better training facilities in the island nation.

The 16-year-old, the only female athlete in the Solomon Islands' team of 12 athletes at Buenos Aires 2018, lifted 13kg less than Ghana's Sandra Owusu, who finished second-last at the Europa Pavilion, but remained proud of her efforts.

"I was a bit nervous on the stage," she said after succeeding in her first two attempts in the snatch and the clean & jerk. "I had never seen such an amount of people watching me lift. But I have performed at my best."

"Being together with young athletes here, athletes of the same age, will give me an idea of what the standard of a large international event will be like."

Waneasi is trained by compatriot Jenly Wini, who became the country's first medalist at a Commonwealth Games when she won the 58kg bronze at Gold Coast 2018.

"I just love weightlifting," she said. "My coach tells me to be prepared for what you dream of doing in life. It requires a step-by-step approach, without quitting what you love.

"My coach isn't here with me this time, but she told me not to be nervous, be strong and concentrated."

Despite Wini's achievement at Gold Coast 2018, Waneasi said weightlifting facilities in the Solomon Islands need improvement.

"Weightlifting girls perform especially well in every competition and keep making my country proud. Hopefully the training conditions [in the Solomon Islands] will be better in the future."

In the battle for the 58kg gold, Tunisia's Ghofrane Belkhir came out on top with a total of 196kg, 2kg more than silver medalist Neama Said of Egypt. Peyton Brown of the United States took bronze with 186kg.

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