Sport: Gold medal enough for Fiji weightlifting star

Fiji weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana says records can wait for another day after winning her country‘s first Commonwealth Games gold medal in 16 years.

Fiji weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana Photo: RNZ Pacific/Vinnie Wylie

The 18 year old comfortably won the women‘s 90kg division on the Gold Coast, despite finishing just one kilogram ahead of her nearest rival.

She only completed one attempt in both the snatch and clean and jerk but her total of 233kg still secured the gold medal with two lifts to spare.

“I feel like I‘m on top of the world: I feel happy, I feel excited. I feel very emotional since they‘re telling me it‘s the first gold medal (for Fiji) after 16 years and with the presence of my parents I feel more and more happy and emotional.”

Eileen Cikamatana holds all three Commonwealth records in her weight class but insists she is not disappointed at failing to set a new benchmark.

“When I came in I had one mind-track and that was to win gold for Fiji and nothing else. I mean breaking records it wasn‘t my day today but gold medal that was what I was here for.”

Eileen Cikamatana said she was looking forward to getting back into training and working towards breaking the world junior record for clean and jerk.