Papua New Guineaweightlifting strong man Steven Kari, on Monday smashedthe 94 kilogram junior men’s commonwealth weightlifting record in Penang, Malaysia.
Kari won boththe Junior, and Senior men’s commonwealth crown.
Kari wasthe highlight of Penang’s leading newspaper, The Star, reporting withthe headline ‘Kari too hot to handle’.
Kari beat a very strong field of lifters fromIndia, Nigeria, Australia, Scotland, Sri lanka, Malaysia and England to claim gold ahead of 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist fromIndia and Australia lifting a total of 352kg.
Kari’s 352kg earned himthe gold whileIndia settled for silver and Australia’secured bronze.
Earlier inthe week, Dika Toua made a convincing comeback to competitive lifting after being away for four months; finishing 6th and missing out onthe gold medal lift of 102kg.
President oPNG Weightlifting Federation, Sir John Dawanicura acknowledged Steven Kari’s fantastic effortoandthe performance ofthe TeaPNG athletes tothe commonwealth senior, junior and youth championships in Penang.
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