Gorosi still to decide competing class

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Weightlifter David Gorosi
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BY ROMULUS HUTA

THE country’s male weightlifting representative to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is still yet to decide which category he is going to compete in.

David Gorosi, whose all-time category is the 85kg class said he might compete in the 94kg in the Games and will decide later due to other reasons.

During the introductory part of the ‘One Team Solomon’ briefing yesterday at the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) conference room, Gorosi said: “I’m still unsure which category I would compete in.

“I’m still undecided. I might compete in the 85kg or the 94kg. I will decide later due to other circumstances,” he said.

Gorosi has earned his qualification into the Commonwealth Games on merit.

The 29 year old earned the spot following his outstanding performance at last year’s Asian Indoor Games held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Gorosi participates in the 85kg event and was one of the four weightlifters that represented Solomon Islands at the Asian Games.

In Ashgabat, Gorosi lifted a total of 276kg after affording 121kg and 155kg in the snatch and the clean and jerk respectively.

Gorosi is not new to the Commonwealth Games having represented the country at the 2014 edition held in Glasgow, Scotland.

The qualification for Gold Coast makes it his second time to participate in the event.

In Glasgow, he achieved a personal best of 280kg after lifting 125kg in snatch and 155kg in clean and jerk to finish on the 11th position out of 20 competitors.

Gorosi’s trip to Gold Coast takes the number of Solomon Islands’ lifters to the games to three participants.

The other two are New Caledonia-based female duo Jenlyn Wini and Mary Kini.

The duo secured their Commonwealth passage September last year during the combined Oceania and the Commonwealth Championships held in Queensland.

Wini is the current Commonwealth champion in the 58kg division and all eyes will be watching when she takes center stage on April 5 during the competition day.

The Commonwealth Games will run from April 4 to 15.

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