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OPELOGE TAKES HOME A GOLD AT 2016 OCEANIA WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP

World record holder Mary Opeloge of Samoa defied all odds to take home a gold medal from the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championship at Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday.

Opeloge set the world record in the 75 kilogram in senior category. Her record stands at 243kg set in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. Her record also includes snatch of 110kg, clean and jerk of 161kg set in 2013 and 2014.

Opeloge was dissatisfied with her performance as she had a lift of 225kg including a snatch of 103 and clean and jerk of 122kg.



Update: University of Michigan football camp coming to town

Wolverines Tony Tuioti & Head Coach Jim Harbaugh to lead separate clinics
tony@samoanews.com

Former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach James Joseph Harbaugh, who is the Head Coach for the University of Michigan “Wolverines” football program, will be coming to American Samoa to host camps for football prospects here on island. Leading the effort to bring down HC Jim Harbaugh and his group of coaches and NFL players are Michigan’s Director of Player Personnel, Tony Tuioti and Samoa Bowl’s Lealao Melila Purcell with the assistance of numerous government agencies and the private sector in American Samoa. 
 



Parker defeats Takam for world title shot

If nothing else, #4 IBF Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) proved that he had the better engine than the 35-year-old Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) in outworking him to win an unimpressive 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in their IBF heavyweight eliminator bout at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand.



FFAS 7-A-Side tournament off and running

The FFAS 7-A-Side tournament is off and running with the third Match Day to be held this coming Saturday, May 21, at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.

 

2014 was the last time the association held this format with Lion Heart winning the men’s championship and the Tafuna Jets taking the women’s title.

 



King Of The Rock Championship 2 — this Saturday at DYWA Gym

Like KOR1—the goal is to give boxers a stage to hone & showcase their skills
tony@samoanews.com

This Saturday, May 21, 2016 — the American Samoa Boxing Federation will bring you their second boxing event for your enjoyment, the King Of The Rock Championship 2, sanctioned by the American Samoa Boxing Commission. Eight local boxing clubs on island will be participating and it will be hosted at the Department of Youth and Women Affairs (DYWA) Gymnasium in Pago Pago.

 



Steinlager I’a Lapo’a Game Fishing Tournament a great success for the territory

“At the end of the day, we have something great to promote here” says chair
terihunkin@samoanews.com

In spite of a few days of uncooperative weather, American Samoa has just chalked up another stellar sporting event; this one held here for the 17th time—the Steinlager I’a Lapo’a Game Fishing Tournament. And in spite of his many duties as tournament chair, Peter Crispin graciously gave a few minutes to Samoa News last Friday, where he shared a bit of the tournament’s history.
 



Self belief the key to Samoa's surprise World 7s win in Paris

Samoa coach Damian McGrath has attributed his side's surprise win against Fiji to self belief.

The side were trailing 26-7 at half time, but came roaring back scoring 22 unanswered points to win 29-26, taking out the Paris leg of the World Rugby Sevens series.

McGrath says he's always maintained that once his talented squad had faith in themselves, then they would start to get results against the very best teams.



Island-wide “Just Play” - PE finals

joyetter@samoanews.com

Nine elementary schools — eight public and one private — have been chosen to be a part of the island wide “Just Play” - PE finals scheduled at the Soccer Stadium or DYWA gym on May 27, 2016 from 8:30am to 1:00pm., according to Vaiausia Talataina of the Department of Education’s Physical Education (PE) Division, who works with the Football Federation of American Samoa (FFAS) and the schools on this program.
 



“KING OF THE ROCK 2” CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR OLYMPIC-STYLE BOXING IS “ON”

ausage@samoanews.com

The King of the Rock 2 Boxing Championship event is just around the corner, and boxing fiva is mounting. Hosted by the American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF), in partnership with the American Samoa Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA), the second round for the event will feature two champions who are ready to defend their titles for the first time; while two titles from KR -1 are now open for challenge — having been vacated.

 



Siamupini Liki Basketball Amerika Samoa Flag 2016

O le Liki Basketball a le itupa o Ali’i na fa’atautaia mo lenei vaitau o le Sisigafua e le Asosi Basketball a Amerika Samoa na fa’ato’a sailia siamupini i le afiafi o le aso To’ona’i i le faleta’alo Ekalesia Katotliko i Marist Tuai i Malaeloa ma sa fetaui ai le ‘au malosi a le Pago 1 ma le ‘au a le ATR.

 



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