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Controversial ex Fiji weightlifter congratulated by Fijian coach

Cikamatana competing in Australian colours. Photo Credit: Australian Weightlifting Federation

Fiji’s national weightlifting coach Henry Elder congratulated Australian weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana in breaking (unofficial) all three categories in the Commonwealth Games records.

“She was always destined for success being a hardworking and dedicated athlete,” Elder said. Cikamatana broke the records while taking part in the Oceania Weightlifting Online Cup competition from her base in Melbourne.

Elder said the Ovalau local utilised her talent by working very hard to perform at the highest level and reaped the rewards by doing her best with the opportunities she was given.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist yesterday lifted 121kg in the snatch, beating the old mark by Australian Kaity Fassine of 104kg; then lifted a new record in the clean and jerk of 153kg, smashing her own record of 130kg.

Cikamatana’s total recording 274kg obliterated the old mark of 233 kg which was also registered under her name when she won two golds at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games three years ago.

Cikamatana, who represented Fiji at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, controversially switched her allegiance to Australia in 2019 after a dispute with Fiji’s weightlifting federation, and will not make it to the Tokyo Olympics.

She has to complete her four year stand down period before she can qualify to officially represent her new adopted country.

She may be debuting in Australian colours at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

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