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HAGÅTÑA, Guam (June 8, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Nauru has begun the women’s weightlifting (snatch, and clean and jerk) competition well by winning several gold medals.

Nauru’s Ebonette Daigaruk in the 48kg class won the first three gold medals. Silver went to Dika Toua (Nauru) and PNG’s Kekure Joe won bronze.

In the 53kg class, PNG’s Lucy Douba came through to win gold in the snatch with a lift of 57.5kg, but Nauruan Jan Degai bounced back to win Gold in the clean and jerk and the overall total.

There were only two competitors in the 58kg class and Nauru's Tyoni Batsuia made a clean sweep winning all three gold medals. Kiribati’s Tarima Ioane won silver.

In the 63kg division, Fiji’s Kesa Tawai posted a record lift of 72.5kg in the snatch competition. She then lifted 87.5kg in the clean and jerk to win gold in all three divisions.

Sheba Deireragea of Nauru won silver while Marie Claire Pia of Tahiti won bronze.

In the netball competition, Fiji retained the gold medal by beating PNG 60-32.

In the bronze medal play-offs Vanuatu beat Norfolk Island in a close match 41-36.

In sailing, Fiji’s world champion windsurfer Tony Philip is placed first in the board sailing competition after five races.

There are four more races left in the competition.

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