BY ROMULUS HUTA
NATIONAL female weightlifter Jenlyn Wini had won a gold medal in the Commonwealth and the Oceania Weightlifting Championships currently underway in Gold Coast, Australia.
Wini snatched gold in the women’s 58kg category to claim both the Commonwealth and the Oceania title on Tuesday.
She lifted an overall of 196kg after winching 87kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk.
The result surpasses her previous personal best of 195kg recorded one and half year ago.
The result yesterday also got her automatically qualified into next April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Wini is a two-time flag-bearer for Team Solomon Islands in two Olympic Games – London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Wini’s teammate Mary Kini also won bronze in the 52kg women’s category. She lifted an overall of 156kg, which is 68kg in snatch and 89kg in clean and jerk – also earning herself a place in the next Commonwealth Games automatically in the process.
Wini and Kini are both based at the Oceania Weightlifting Training Institute in Noumea, New Caledonia.
“I want to thank my coach Paul Coffa and wife Lily.
“I’m so pleased to win double title – both the commonwealth and the Oceania title.
“My three months of training has paid off.
“Big thanks to my family as well for supporting me,” an excited Wini said.