Weightlifting: Oceania Nations Qualify To Olympics After Oceania Championships

Australia and Samoa topped the Olympic team rankings at the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships. The six highest ranking men and the four highest ranking women from eligible nations earned points towards their nation’s ranking. The top five nations from the men’s rankings and the top four nations from the women’s rankings earned one quota place. The Oceania Weightlifting Championship was held in Suva, Fiji from May 23rd to May 28th 2016.

The women’s rankings were topped by Australia whom finished with a total of 106 points and won gold in the -48kg and -63kg. Samoa also won in two events, -75kg and +75kg as the team finished in second with 99 points. New Zealand and Fiji also qualified to the Olympics with 99 and 98 points respectively.

Samoa topped the men’s rankings over Australia as they finished with 149 points and a gold medal in the -94kg. Australia finished with 144 points and gold in the -77kg. The other teams to qualify to the Olympics were New Zealand, Kiribati and Fiji whom finished with a total of 139, 137 and 132 points respectively.

While unqualified nations can still qualify through the individual rankings currently no eligible athletes from Oceania are in a qualifying position with one more continental qualifier remaining. However, Oceania nations will definitely be favoured to win some of the tripartite quotas which will be announced at the end of the qualification process.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Australia – 2
  • Fiji – 2
  • New Zealand – 2
  • Samoa – 2
  • Kiribati – 1

 

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