Ele Opeloge

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Ele Opeloge
Personal information
Born (1985-07-11) July 11, 1985 (age 29)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 124 kg (273 lb)
Sport
Country  Samoa
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) Women's +75 kg

Ele Opeloge (born July 11, 1985)[1] is a Samoan weightlifter competing in the women's +75 kg category.

Family[edit]

Opeloge comes from a weightlifting family. Her brother, Niusila is also a Commonwealth gold medalist, winning it the same day as her.

Career[edit]

2007[edit]

At the 2007 World Championships she ranked 11th, with a total of 250 kg.[1]

2008[edit]

She represented Samoa at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, competing in the over 75kg category. She was also her country's flagbearer during the Games' opening ceremony.

Opeloge finished fourth in her event, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal. She lifted 269 kg, matching her personal best, while Mariya Grabovetskaya of Kazakhstan lifted 270 kg to finish third.[2]

Opeloge is a celebrity in Samoa, "where children approach her in the supermarket for autographs".[2]

2010[edit]

Opeloge won a gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India in over 75 kg class with a Games record of 285 kg[3][4] It was also Samoa's second gold medal in the history of the Games.[3]

2012[edit]

Opeloge took 6th place in the London Olympics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "OPELOGE Ele". International Weightlifting Federation. 
  2. ^ a b "Tears instead of dreams for Samoan", Reuters, August 16, 2008
  3. ^ a b Ele Opeloge gives Samoa second gold medal The Hindu. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  4. ^ Opeloge siblings have a field day Deccan Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2010

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