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Weightlifting: Olympic qualifier /African Junior Championship |12 September 2019

Weightlifting: Olympic qualifier /African Junior Championship

From (Left) Anisha Valmont, three-time gold medallist Shakira Joubert and Joelita Koloma

Three junior gold medals for Shakira Joubert

Local iron girl Shakira Joubert has climbed onto the highest step of the medals podium of the 87kg category at the ongoing African Junior and Youth Weightlifting Championships in Kampala, Uganda, after winning three gold medals.

The event is the African Junior (25th Men and 20th Women) Weightlifting Qualification Championships for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the African Youth (11th Men and 10th Women) Weightlifting Championships.

The competitions are being jointly hosted by the Weightlifting Federation of Africa (WFA), the Uganda Weightlifting Federation in conjunction with the Ugandan Olympic Committee.

In the 87kg category, Rose snatched 60kg and lifted 72kg in the clean and jerk for an Olympic total of 132kg, earning her three gold medals in the junior class.

Team Seychelles, also made up of Joelita Koloma and Anisha Valmont won six additional silver and three bronze medals.

In the 76kg group, Koloma snatched 55kg before lifting 70kg in clean and jerk for an overall total of 125kg, earning her the second overall spot in the group and three silver medals in the youth category.

These same results earned Koloma three bronze medals in the junior class.

Seychelles’ other medals – three silver – came courtesy of junior lifter Valmont in the 81kg category, where she snatched 60kg and lifted 82kg in clean and jerk for a grand total of 142kg.

The athletes are being accompanied by coach Macdonald Henriette, while Terrence Dixie is the head of the delegation.


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