Dika Toua

Trukai praises weightlifters for brilliant performance

As the proud sponsor of the PNG Weightlifting Federation for over 20 years, Trukai Industries celebrated the weightlifters’ victories along with PNG.

Repeating his feats at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, Steven Kari snatched gold in the Men’s 94kg Division and broke the Commonwealth Games Clean and Jerk record in the process. 

Dika Toua and Morea Baru were also magnificent in capturing silver in the Women’s 53kg and Men’s 62kg divisions respectively.

VIDEO: Parkop congratulates Kari

The Governor made special mention about the outstanding medal performances by Steven Kari, Dika Toua and Morea Baru.

PM congratulates PNG athletes

PM O’Neill applauded every athlete who has made it to the games and said the country is behind them all the way.

"I congratulate all athletes who qualified for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.

"We know a lot of sweat and sacrifice has been required to reach to the Commonwealth Games and each of you must be congratulated.

“So far we have two silver medals in weightlifting events. I congratulate Morea Baru and Dika Toua for their tremendous efforts to win silver in their weightlifting events.

Toua proves how tough she is

In front of her family and a mass of PNG supporters, Toua took out the silver medal in the 53kg weightlifting competition.

Toua finished third in the Snatch section of the competition with lifts of 78kg and 80kg, with the Canadian and the Indian weightlifters ahead of her on weight.

Khumukcham broke the Commonwealth Games 53kg snatch record with a lift of 84kg to hold the lead.

Toua came back strongly in the Clean and Jerk starting after the majority of the field had completed their lifts, with a first lift of 102kg.

Toua in training camp

PNG’s pocket dynamo is undergoing a training camp to fine-tune her preparations for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

42 Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games gold medallists are in a special training camp at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in Mont Dore, New Caledonia, in preparation for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast from the 4th to 16th April. 

The 20 institute lifters plus the top lifters of Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand will be training together for a 10-day period.

Toua sisters eyeing Gold

The women's weightlifting competition gets underway this morning at Epauto, Port Vial.

Thelma Mea Toua will lift in the 48kg division while sister and PNG stalwart, Dika Toua will compete in the 53kg division.

Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Australia will be tough competitors but the Toua sisters are confident, they can bring home gold.

PNG weightlifters currently top Commonwealth rankings

They all reached results which place them currently first in the ranking list.

Sisters Thelma and Dika Toua now rank first in the Commonwealth in the 48kg category and 53kg category respectively.

Morea Baru is also ranked first in the Commonwealth in the 62kg category.

Another weightlifter Toua Udia is currently placed fourth in the Commonwealth rankings in the 77kg category.

Oceania coach Paul Coffa indicated that even though three out of the four lifters won their categories, they have so much more to spare and are yet to put up their best performance.

Six PNG weightlifters hope to qualify for 2018 Games

To compete at next year’s Commonwealth Games in weightlifting, an athlete must now qualify as no longer can countries send a team to compete.

The six PNG lifters are currently training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute, namely Thelma Toua, Dika Toua, Morea Baru, Toua Udia, Steven Kari and Lorraine Harry.

Oceania coach Paul Coffa confirmed that only fifteen lifters in the Oceania region, one per country, per category will be eligible to compete in the Gold Coast Games.

In the Oceania region there are only two events this year, where an athlete can qualify.

Dika Toua in top form: weightlifting coach

OWI head coach Paul Coffa said that Toua is training in full force and is in brilliant condition. 

She is focusing on a back to back gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, she won the gold medal, with a Games record of 193 kg.

Coffa told Loop PNG that he has not seen Toua as focused as she is right now. 

“This is the best I have seen her, even better than before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“She will win back to back gold for PNG,” Coffa said.

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Four athletes graduate under PNGOC scholarship

This was after a year of committed studies with the institution under a scholarship from the PNG Olympic Committee’s (PNGOC) Athletes Excellence Program.

Weightlifters Dika Toua, Lorraine Harry, Toua Udia and footballer, Abel Redenut, took time out from their sports to take up studies under the program, which is supported by the IBS.

The PNGOC established the program to cater for life after sport for the country’s elite sports men and women.