Wed, 28 Jul 2021

WELLINGTON, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Five weightlifters have been selected for New Zealand delegation to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The weightlifting team is Kanah Andrews-Nahu (women's -87kg), Laurel Hubbard (women's +87kg), Megan Signal (women's -76kg), David Liti (men's +109kg) and Cameron McTaggart (men's -81kg)

Each of the athletes will make their Olympic debut in Tokyo but bring with them significant international experience.

Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand president Richie Patterson acknowledged the achievements of the selected lifters. "These athletes have all worked extremely hard to get to this point. It's huge for New Zealand to have five athletes selected, this is our biggest ever Olympic weightlifting team and we're really looking forward to seeing what they can do in Tokyo," he said.

New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith extended her congratulations to the athletes.

"Well done on your selection to the New Zealand Team for Tokyo 2020," said Smith.

"We know a huge amount of work has gone into getting you to this point. We'd like to wish you all the best for the rest of your preparation, and we look forward to seeing you compete in just over a month's time."

The selection of the weightlifters takes the total number of athletes selected to the New Zealand Team to 133.

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