Pictured: (Solomon Islands Gold Medallist Tome Kelesi (first on left) during the physic show at the Competition venue at Maranatha hall on 27 November 2023.
Solomon Islands' bodybuilders showcased their exceptional skills on the bodybuilding stage, clinching numerous medals at the recent Pacific Games bodybuilding competition in Honiara.
Leading the triumphant charge were Tome Kelesi, Barnabas Waga, and Allan Atai, each securing the coveted gold medal in their respective weight categories. Expanding on this impressive feat, Corina Dettke, Mustafa Mon Rade, Silas Kiu, Alpheus Fiuramo, and David Ama proudly earned silver medals, while Yuchen Guo and Holland Diudiu contributed bronze medals, solidifying the team's overall success.
This outstanding performance stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment and strenuous efforts of Solomon Islands' bodybuilders, reinforcing the nation's formidable presence at the Pacific Games 2023.
Tome Kelesi, who clinched the first gold medal in the men’s under 65kg category, expressed his joy at winning a gold medal in front of a home crowd, describing it as an amazing experience. Kelesi attributed his success to his hard work and determination, stating, "I have been working hard to reach this level of confidence. I aimed for this gold to win this competition, and I have remained positive throughout."
Kelesi's recent gold medal follows his victory in the Junior category of the bodybuilding competition held in Honiara in September of this year, further emphasizing his dedication to the sport.
The gold medals were proudly secured by Tome Kelesi in the men’s under 65kg category, Barnabas Waga in men’s under 80kg, and Allan Atai in men’s under 90kg. Corina Dettke, Mustafa Mon Rade, Silas Kiu, Alpheus Fiuramo, and David Ama distinguished themselves with silver medals in their respective categories. Yuchen Guo received bronze in the female’s under 165cm physique category, and Holland Diudiu earned bronze in men’s under 100kg, rounding out the impressive tally of well-deserved bronze medals.
These victories serve as a source of immense national pride for the Solomon Islands, highlighting the nation's growing influence in the field of bodybuilding.
Among the spectators were Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga, who had the honor of presenting the bodybuilder athletes with their well-earned medals.
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