Weightlifting queen aims to score points for Olympics
By CARLOS ARUAFU
Solomon Islands Weightlifting queen Jenly Wini Tegu remains confident she can score points to qualify for the Olympic Games despite just coming off her injury.
Wini competed in the recent 2020 World Cup in Rome, Italy where she lifted 75KG in the snatch before lifting a massive 102 KG in the clean & jerk for a 3rd place ranking in the Women’s 59 KG B competition.
This is her first competition after her injury and though she was not really impressed with her performance she remains optimistic she will do so in her remaining two qualifying competitions.
This is also her debut in the Weightlifting World Cup tournament and she is happy to have scored points.
“This is my first World Cup and I am competing after recovering from an injury and I am happy with the result though not really impressed with my own performance.
“This is my fourth qualifying event for the Olympic Games and I’m just impressed that I scored a total.
“I am the only Oceania athlete competing in our group and I know I could have done more if I was in top form like I used to be but I know I can do better in the two remaining competitions.
“I’m not so worried because I have scored a big total in my first event in Thailand last year.
“I just need to play safe and score more points on these last events,” she said.
Wini has two more competition left and aims to perform to her best to get maximum points to qualify for the Olympic Games.
She admitted that it will be tough but refused to take that as an excuse as she eyes a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games.
“I have two more competitions, one just two weeks from now and the other final qualifying event is in April.
“The next competition is the Australian open Weightlifting competition which is just a few weeks away followed by the final event the Commonwealth Oceania Championship in April.
“All competition counts so I just have to work hard and score points.
“It will be tough but it will be no excuse for me, I won’t give up,” she said.
These events are recognized as qualifying events for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and the results from these competitions will be tallied to rank the top 20 weightlifters who will automatically qualify for this year’s Olympic Games.