Papua New Guinea Weightlifter Steven Kukuna Kari’s gold medal performance was the topic of conversation in just about every household in the country. It wasn’t just about him grabbing PNG’s first gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games but moreso how he climbed from outside the top three to grabbing gold in his final lift. And weightlifting fans around the world following the 90kg categeory competition took to twitter just how much they enjoyed Kari “never say die” performance to snatch the medal that mattered most to his country.
Here are some of the classic tweets from around the world on the man known in his village as “the beast”!
Let’s start off with the lift itself
— It’s Elvix, bish! (@Muntika_Elvix) April 9, 2018
And then twitter went into a frenzy:
— Zakaria (@zakhas6) April 9, 2018
#OceaniaWeightlifting ‘s dynamic duo! #TeamPNG @GC2018 Gold medalist #StevenKari with mentor #PaulCoffa. It’s Paul’s 100th #CommGames medal as a coach! Amazing !! @radioaustralia @PacificGames pic.twitter.com/AbK3nbc102
— Richard Ewart (@richarde59) April 9, 2018
BIG RESPECT FOR FOR THE BIG VILLAGE
STEVEN KARI, YOU ARE OUR HERO
— sylvester gawi (@sylvester_gawi) April 8, 2018
— Glen Larmer (@GlenLarmer) April 8, 2018
the tears on his face
khushi k aansu
golden moments for Steven Kari from the island nation of PNG
— steven (@bamaboy0) April 8, 2018
It was like u have to make 36 runs in 6 balls …and steven kari did it very easily…
— shubham rajoriya (@shubhamrajoriy5) April 8, 2018
What an event 94 kg Men’s weightlifting was!! Full of emotions!!! Seeing Steven Kari’s joy and emotions gave me goosebumps!! Take a bow Kari!! Congrats to Vikas thakur also for bronze!! #CommonwealthGames2018 #CWG2018
— Ankit Mangla (@ankitmangla02) April 8, 2018
— Harish Rao (@simpleharish) April 8, 2018
Papua New guinea’s Steven Kari should be cast in a Hollywood film with Dwayne Johnson. #GC2018Weightlifting
— Meha Bhardwaj (@Bhardwajmeha) April 8, 2018
— कंदर्प (@KandarpThakar) April 8, 2018
What a lifter!!!! Congratulations #StevenKari of Papua New Guinea on winning Gold . What a Match!!! What strength!!!! Also, Congratulatuins #VikasThakur on winning Bronze at #CWG2018 . Yay #ProudIndian
— Mayura Sinkar (@mayura105) April 8, 2018
Vikas Thakur seems to be more happy for Steven Kari who won Gold than his own bronze medal.
— Shashank Singh (@shashank631996) April 8, 2018
He’s from PNG, there’s no remote connection between him and us but the emotions of Steven Kari’s final lift and the medal ceremony. will move all of us… beauty of sport!
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) April 8, 2018
— Rohith (@Dr_Rhodium) April 8, 2018