The American Samoa weightlifting team have returned to Pago Pago with three medals after competing at the Oceania Junior and Youth Championship held in Brisbane, Australia last week.
Local lifter Pita Fanolua Jr, who competed in the men’s 77kg bodyweight category won the gold medal and female lifter Temple Fuimaono, who competed in the women’s +75kg bodyweight category won a silver and a bronze.
Samoa News quotes team coach Faafouina Popoali’i saying that it’s a great feeling for him to be part of this team who won three medals for American Samoa.
He says it wasn’t an easy task as there were a lot of top lifters from several countries competing in the tournament.
Popoali’i says that though this was the first competition for some of the six-member team, all of them put up their best during the competition and they’re looking forward to competing at next year’s tournament hosted by Samoa.