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Micronesian Weightlifter Sets New Record at South Pacific Games in Samoa



Manuel Minginfel

Washington, D.C. (September 6, 2007) — As reported by Radio Australia, Micronesian (FSM) weightlifter, Manuel Minginfel, set a new South Pacific Games record snatch in the men's 56 kilo category - the first for his home islands of Micronesia. This record is also currently rated as top 6th in the world. Minginfel established the new South Pacific Games record in the men's 56kg division of weightlifting after lifting a total weight of 276kg to give FSM three gold medals.

After the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Minginfel ranked as 11th in the world.  Last year, Minginfel was the highest internationally ranked weightlifter from the Oceania region (including Australia and New Zealand) after winning a silver medal at the 2006 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Minginfel has qualified and expects to be at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Minginfel hails from Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia, north of the equator, in the western pacific.  Yap is also known for its stone money, strong cultural traditions and diving with manta rays.

The 13th South Pacific Games in Samoa takes place over the next two weeks from 25 August to 8 September.  The schedule incorporates 33 sports with participants from 22 Pacific Island countries and territories, among which are American Samoa, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and Palau.

South Pacific Games Records
(each a separate Gold Medal performance:
Snatch 124kg Manuel Minginfel FSM 27.08.07 Apia
C & J 152kg Manuel Minginfel FSM 27.08.07 Apia
Total 276kg Manuel Minginfel FSM 27.08.07 Apia


Pacific Island nations and territories
participating in the XIII South Pacific Games



Cook Islands Flag  Cook Islands

Fiji Flag  Fiji

Federated States of Micronesia Flag  Federated States of Micronesia

Guam Flag  Guam

Kiribati Flag   Kiribati

Marshall Islands Flag  Marshall Islands

Nauru Flag  Nauru

New Caledonia Flag    New Caledonia

Niue Flag  Niue

Norfolk Islands Flag  Norfolk Islands

Northern Marianas Flag    Northern Marianas

Palau Flag     Palau

Papua New Guinea Flag      Papua New Guinea

Samoa Flag   Samoa

Solomon Islands Flag   Solomon Islands

Tahiti Flag  Tahiti

Tokelau Flag   Tokelau

Tonga Flag   Tonga

Tuvalu Flag   Tuvalu

Vanuatu Flag    Vanuatu

Wallis and Futuna Flag     Wallis and Futuna

SAMOA 2007 Image

For more on the XIII South Pacific Games visit the official website at http://www.samoa2007.ws/index.php?id=21