Weightlifter Morea Baru eyes Rio Olympics

first_imgBaru will have to qualify on merit at the Australian Open International at Brisbane in March which is also an Olympic qualifying event.Baru failed to qualify on merit along with sisters Dika and Thelma Toua at the 2015 Commonwealth Senior, Junior and Youth Championships held at Pune, India in October.The trio each won bronze in their events.In November, the three athletes also failed to qualify at the 2015 World Championships held at Houston, United States in November.Oceania was represented by Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, American Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Guam, Kiribati, Palau and Nauru.PNG Weightlifting Federation president Sir John Dawanincura said if Baru does well then he will qualify on merit for the Rio Olympics and we will need to qualify only one female during the Oceania titles.However, if Baru fails to qualify then PNG will have to go through the Oceania Championships from 23-28 May in Fiji to qualify only one male and one female.Baru, who won a gold medal in the 62 kg category at the recent 2015 Games lifting 121kg snatch, is training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia under coach Paul Coffa.last_img

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