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PNG currently has six weightlifters training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia.

They’re Thelma Toua, Dika Toua, Morea Baru, Toua Udia, Steven Kari and Lorraine Harry.

Dika and Kari are aiming to win back to back gold for PNG in the women’s 53kg category and men’s 94 kg category respectively.

Baru, Udia and the Toua sisters, Thelma and Dika had arrived at the Institute at the beginning of January this year while Kari and Harry only recently joined the team in New Caledonia.

Morea Baru awarded best lifter at Aussie Invitational Open

Baru was part of the team of 12 lifters (10 men and 2 women) from the Oceania Weightlifting in New Caledonia that took part in the tournament.

The tournament ran from the March 18-20 at the Cougars Centre, Chandler Complex.

Lifting in the 62kg category, Baru finished on top lifting a total of 291kg (Snatch 126kg and Clean & Jerk 165kg).

Baru is ranked 10th in the world in the 62kg category.

The tournament was used as a stepping stone in preparation for the Oceania Championships and the Olympic Qualification Event for the Rio Olympic Games

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PNG can only qualify two weightlifters for Rio Olympics

This will be determined at the 2016 Oceania Championships at Fiji in May which is the Olympic qualifier for Rio Games.

Oceania Weightlifting Federation general secretary and regional coach Paul Coffa said no one so far from PNG has qualified on their own merit for the Olympics.  

Coffa said although he is very confident that Morea Baru will do so prior to the Oceania Championships and Olympic Qualification event in Suva, Fiji.

Baru won a gold medal in the 62 kg category at the recent 2015 Pacific Games lifting 121kg snatch.