Stowers Settles For One Gold

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Tina Mata'afa-Tufele is a Pasifika journalist that has been writing and covering news related to the Samoan experience for over a decade. She's written for Samoa News in American Samoa, Tuatalatala.com (covering news from Hawaii, the U.S.

  • (l r) Silver medalist Feagaiga Stowers, gold Laurel Hubbard and Iuniara Sipaia bronze
    (l r) Silver medalist Feagaiga Stowers, gold Laurel Hubbard and Iuniara Sipaia bronze

Flag Bearer Feagaiga Stowers has to settle for the gold in the clean and jerk lift, behind her controversial New Zealand rival Laurel Hubbard, in today’s much await weightlifting clash.

Hubbard took gold in the 87kg weight class for women, by winning the snatch lift and the combined total despite Stowers winning the clean and jerk lift.

Iuniara Sipaia, won the bronze with the third highest combined weight total.

The New Zealand lifter claimed two gold medals on the final day of XVI Pacific Games weightlifting at Gym 1.

It is not the first time the two female lifters have come up against each other. Controversy continues to surround the rivalry with complaints about Hubbard being a transgender.

Newsline Samoa approached the New Zealander for an interview but the gold medalist declined.

A media liaison for the New Zealand weightlifting team told Newsline that Hubbard would not be granting any media interviews.

Hubbard is chasing qualification for the Japan Olympics in 2020.