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Laurel Hubbard was the pick of the Kiwi lifters as the heavyweights took the stage at the Pacific Games.

The +87kg lifter snatched 125kgs and clean and jerked 143kgs for a total of 268kgs.

The lifts saw her take gold in the snatch, silver in the clean and jerk and gold overall.

The results also saw her win gold in the Oceania and Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships which were run concurrently.

In the men’s +109kg division David Liti started strong in the snatch, posting 177kgs.

With only four lifters in the group it was a quick turnaround to the clean and jerks and Liti was unable to complete a lift.

“The heat and the quick turnaround just hit me hard and I just couldn’t quite put a lift together,” said Liti.

“It was my first time bombing and this was my most important competition of the year so it sucks that it had to happen the way it did but we’ve got the worlds in Thailand in nine weeks and I’m hoping to come back nice and strong.”

Earlier in the day Andy Barakauskas placed 6th in the men’s U109kg group.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games
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