2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games 1
Friday, 25 July 2014 -
Saturday 26 July:
Nauru is yet to keep its record and
hold on to its reputation of being the only Pacific country to
claim a medal at every Commonwealth Games.
Weightlifter Elson Brechtefeld and
boxers Mathew Martin and Joseph Deireragea were the first Nauru
athletes to compete at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Twenty-year old weightlifter Elson
Brechtefeld competed in the 62kg category on the morning of Friday
25 July, finishing in 5th place in the B group.
For a lifter still in his junior
years, Elson snatched 105kg and clean & jerk lift of 141kg. He
missed two snatch lifts and one clean & jerk lift.
Elson said he is happy with his
performance but believes he could have done better adding this is
his first time to lift 141 kilograms in the clean & jerk at an
international event in the 62kg weight division.
His successful clean & jerk
lift of 141kg set a new Oceania junior record previously set by
David Sarkisian of Australia.
Elson is vying for the next
Commonwealth Games and aims to improve and win a medal.
The men's 62kg clean & jerk and
total records of 167kg and 292 kg respectively are held by Marcus
Stephen. They were set at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala
Later in the afternoon (Friday 25
July) boxers Mathew Martin and Joseph Deireragea fought in the
Mathew fought Michael Conlan of
Northern Ireland in the men's bantam weight 56kg division. Mathew
fought well but lost 13 points out of 30 in the three rounds,
eliminating him from competition.
Following him was Joseph Deireragea
in the 69kg welter weight division.
Being the more experienced of the
Nauru boxers Joseph fought fast and aggressive but also losing
three points in each of the three rounds to his opponent Ghanaian
Mohammed, eliminating him from
This is Joseph's second
On Saturday 26 July, 19 year old
weightlifter Chris Akaraba Rangidimi unfortunately failed to
register a snatch lift subsequently eliminating him for the
competition. He lifted in the 69kg weightlifting category.
Chris was understandably
disappointed with his performance saying the weight he attempted in
the snatch of 93kg was easy enough to lift. Today's lifting ended
with a very different result to what he had expected.
Nauru athletes yet to compete
today, Sunday 27 July, are Tom Jaye Waibeiya, weightlifting;
Alfonse Deireragea, boxing; Joshua Jeremiah and Lovelite Detenamo,
athletics; and on Thursday 31 July the 2010 Delhi silver medallist
super heavy weight lifter Itte Detenamo.
Elson Brechtefeld lifting 141kg in the clean & jerk at the
2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This is Elson's first time to
lift this weight at an international tournament, setting a new
Oceania junior record.
Still a junior Mathew Martin put up a good fight in his first
ever Commonwealth Games.
Chris who is still in his juniors manages to snatch 93kg above
his head in all his three snatch attempts but failed to hold
Representing Nauru at this second Commonwealth Games Joseph
Deireragea fought fast and aggressive.