Apolonia Vaivai is among the Fijian weightlifters to achieve a qualifying standard ©Getty Images

Weightlifting Fiji have announced they have qualified eight athletes for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Women’s under 69 kilogram lifter Apolonia Vaivai and 90kg competitor Eileen Cikamatana both achieved direct qualification.

It followed the pair winning their respective divisions at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in September.

Seruwaia Malani, Arieta Mudunavoce, Maria Mareta, Manueli Tulo, Poama Qaqa and Taniela Rainibogi also achieved qualifying standards.

They qualified by ranking in the top 15 athletes for their divisions at the end of the qualification period.

Weightlifting Fiji President Atma Maharaj has stated athletes will be required to achieve minimum performance standards in upcoming competitions to ensure their place in the team for the Games.

This will include national and international competitions, as well as trials.

Eileen Cikamatana won gold at the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games ©Getty Images
Eileen Cikamatana won gold at the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games ©Getty Images

“Weightlifting Fiji is finalising its selection criteria and expects to inform the athletes over the next week,” Maharaj said, according to the Fiji Sun.

“Athletes who do not meet the meet these minimum benchmarks will not travel to the Games.

“Weightlifting Fiji is looking to a good finish having had solid performances at the various international competitions including Commonwealth Championships in Gold Coast, Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan, World Championships in Anaheim in USA and the Pacific Mini Games, Vanuatu.”

Fiji claimed their only medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in weightlifting, with Vaivai securing bronze in the women’s 75kg division.

Gold Coast 2018 will take place between April 4 to 15.