Monday saw the men’s 62kg division weightlifters going for gold. Starting things off with the snatch was Yosuke Nakayama who scored 121kg on his first attempt. He failed with his second and third attempt, trying to hoist 124, which gave room for Jesus Antonio of Venezuela to overtake him on his second attempt with a 125kg lift. Unfortunately, his attempt of lifting 129kg was not successful, however his 125kg second attempt gave him enough to set him at the top of the group going into the second half.
During the clean and jerk half, Yosuke smashes an impressive 140kg on his first attempt. J.C Acosta Gonzales again overtakes Nakayama with a slight increase of 142kg. Yosuke momentarily passes Gonzales, by gaining the lead with a 145 lift, but Gonzales retorts with a 146kg lift which reclaims him the top spot.
However, out of the shadows comes Julio Cesar Salamanca Pineda, from El Salvador. He makes his presence known by setting the bar at an amazing 150kg and comes top of the leaderboards. The pressure is now on, as his total is 270kg.
Pineda continued to expand on his already impressive lift, by hoisting a 155kg clean and jerk in his third lift. However, Vaipava Nevo Ioane of Samoa appears and takes over first place with his first lift, pulling a great 156kg over his head, and then a further 161 on his second attempt. Ioane ends up leader of the group, overtaking Pineda with a comfortable 281 total.