Eye on world champ

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Wini jets off on Monday to prepare for the upcoming World Championship

BY ROMULUS HUTA

NATIONAL female weightlifting icon’s journey to the World Weightlifting Championship happening toward the end of the year begins next week when she leaves the country for abroad.

Jenly Wini has been confirmed to leave on Monday to resume training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia run by experienced coach Paul Coffa.

Her timely travel to the Noumea-based performance-enhancing institute is to prepare her for the World Weightlifting Championship and the Pacific Cup.

The Pacific Cup will be held in Noumea on December.

The World Weightlifting Championship will be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and will run from November 1 to 10.

The world championship will bring together all best lifters around the world to compete over the 10-day competing period.

Ashgabat is no strange place for Wini having competed and represented the country there at the Asian Indoor Games last year.

Being a bronze medallist at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast held in April, Wini is expected to take on familiar faces in the world championship.

“I think this is very timely where I will get to have a good preparation over three month before travelling to take on the world’s bests,” she told SunSPORTS on Wednesday.

Wini competes in the 58kg class and has a personal best of a total196kg lifts.

During the Oceania Championship held in Noumea in June, Wini won gold medal after successfully lifting 82kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk, making it a total of 192kg but four kilograms short of her personal best.

After the world championship and the Pacific Cup tournaments are over, she will switch focus to the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa where the 34-year-old is expected to defend the title she won during the 2015 edition in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Wini told SunSPORTS that she plans to retire from competing after the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

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