It was almost an all-Australian affair in the weightlifting 63kg division, with teammates Pip Malone and Kiana Elliott nabbing gold and bronze, respectively.
Malone was ecstatic to be victorious in her first international competition, lifting a combined weight of 188kg.
Papua New Guinea’s Sandro Ako won overall silver with 183kg and Elliot bronze with 181kg.
“The gold was so unexpected,” Malone said.
“I’m so happy we were both up there, it’s better than being alone. Plus Kiana is a superstar to be up there at only 17-years-old.
“I was going to start heavier in the snatch, but I struggled in the warm up so the coaches made the decision to start lower. We just played it safe to get the overall total - to come home with that gold.”
For 17-year-old Elliott the Games were her first senior competition.
“I didn’t have a great lifting day but I gave it what I could on the day,” she said.
The first-year University science student took up the sport two years ago, after eight years competing in gymnastics.
“I study part-time so I can pursue this sport. I want to give it my all and hopefully make the senior World Championships team in November.”
On the same day in the men’s 77kg Australian teammates Francois Etoundi and Mitch Delbridge were also among the medals, placing first and third respectively in the snatch.
The pair were split by PNG’s Philip Toua Udia who, in front of a cheering home crowd, took home the silver in the snatch and gold in the clean and jerk and overall.