Opeloge make it double Samoan family celebration

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Samoa's Niusila Opeloge gave his family and country their second Commonwealth Games gold medal of the day when he clinched the 105kg heavyweight weightlifting gold on Sunday.

The 30-year-old had struggled throughout the snatch section of the final, needing three lifts to register 147kg and survive into the clean and jerk.

He then bided his time, came in last and immediately lifted 191kg for a winning total of 338kg, four kilos better than Russian-born New Zealander Stanislav Chalaev.

Nigeria's Curtis Onaghinor claimed bronze with 332kg.

Earlier, Ele Opeloge won the women's +75kg super-heavyweight weightlifting title.

The 25-year-old's victory, secured by a huge 30kg margin, followed countryman's Faavae Faauliuli's triumph in the men's 94kg division on Saturday which was Samoa's first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal.

"I thank God for my strength," said Niusila Opeloge.

"I tried my best to get gold because my sister did. We will have big celebrations for our two gold medals. It was a real challenge, but I have won this gold for my family, my country, especially my wife and kids."

He admitted that injury almost shattered his golden dream as he struggled in the snatch.

"I was very upset, I had a shoulder injury after the warm-up. When I dropped them I was confused, I thought on the first one 'I can do it' but I dropped it. I then focused and made the last one," he said.

Ele Opeloge was the favourite going into Sunday's event having held the Commonwealth record as well as winning the Oceania Championships this year.

She lifted a Games record 125kg in the snatch and then another Games best of 160kg in the clean and jerk for a winning total of 285kg.

"I think my family support helped, I think my family is very happy, especially my mother and father, my brothers and sisters, my country," said Opeloge.

"I am very proud and I want to thank everyone for supporting me. My country, my coach and my family."

Now she is targetting the 2012 Olympics, but is aware of the huge difference in class she will face as the current world record is 326kg held by South Korea's Jang Mi-Ran.

"I will go back now and I will train hard. I want some Olympic medals, but I don't want to say what yet, it's too early."

Nigeria's Maryam Usman took silver with a 255kg total while Australia's Deborah Acason claimed bronze on 245kg.

India's defending champion Geeta Rani was fourth on 235, six kilos less than her gold medal winning lift in Melbourne in 2006.

The only drawback for the Opeloge family was seeing 20-year-old Tovia fail to register a lift in the snatch in the men's 105kg after he failed three times at 135kg.