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At the 2024 IWF Weightlifting World Cup Don Opeloge Won Silver In the Clean & Jerk in the Men’s 102 kg Category 

The final days of the IWF World Cup in Thailand are upon us, so it’s time to witness the spectacle of the heavyweight categories.

Thankfully, the athletes competing in the men’s 102 kg category showcased fantastic performances, and we saw just how much they were willing to put on the line for Olympic qualification. 

Opeloge Don
Opeloge Don Silver C&J at IWF Weightlifting World Cup 2024

Of course, no competition can go on without major surprises, and one of them was Don Opeloge’s performance.

The Samoan weightlifter started the competition in Group B and had failed to win a major title since 2019, shocked everyone with his fantastic display. He began with an underwhelming performance during the Snatch, only lifting 170 kg.


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However, once it was time for the Clean & Jerk, Opeloge managed to shock everyone by lifting 221 kg on his final attempt and winning the silver medal for the lift. Unfortunately, due to his Snatch, his total of 391 kg was only enough to put him in sixth place overall, but still, it was a major surprise to see him winning a medal for the Clean & Jerk. 

In his career, Opeloge has won one gold medal from the Commonwealth Games and several Oceania Championships. As he has qualified for the Olympic Games in Paris, we expect to see more great performances from the Samoan down the road. 

Opeloge Don
Opeloge Don Silver C&J at IWF Weightlifting World Cup 2024

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

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