<h5>20th Commonwealth Games - Day 6: Weightlifting</h5>
<p>GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 29:Simplice Ribouem of Australia competes during the Men's 94kg Wieghtlifting Finals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day six of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 29, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.</p>
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Simplice Ribouem

Simplice Ribouem

Weightlifting Schedule & Results

(Local) / 03:30 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Men's 94kg Group B

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Athlete Biography

Cameroon-born weightlifter Simplice Ribouem will get his chance to lift for Olympic glory in Rio after being selected to make his Olympic debut on the 2016 Team.

Ribouem, who lifted for his home country at the 2006 Commonwealth Games before seeking asylum in Australia, overcame great odds to earn his Olympic nomination. He spent 2015 battling malaria, with the Australian Open in December 2016 the first time he had lifted even close to full fitness in more than a year.

Ribouem, who won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and an unlucky silver four years later in Glasgow, shot to the top of the selection table with an eye-catching performance at December's Australian Open where he lifted 5kg higher than the Rio qualifier of 346 in the 94kg division.

Ribouem, coached by Yourik Sarkisian for the past six years, faced tough competition from dual Olympian Damon Kelly and Rio hopeful Francois Etoundi for the spot but cemented his position at the Oceania Championships in Fiji in May lifting 335kg.

Ribouem has two children, 4 and 3, who are often cheering him on as he trains at a gym in suburban Melbourne.

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Fast Facts

Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be debut

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (94kg) - 2016 Oceania Championships (Suva, Fiji)
  • 1st (94kg) - 2015 Australian Open (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 1st (94kg) - 2015 Nationals (Melbourne, Australia) - competed as a guest
  • 2nd (94kg) - 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • 1st (94kg) - 2014 Commonwealth Championships

Career Highlights

  • Securing the Rio Olympic spot at the Oceania Championships in Fiji.
  • Winning the gold medal in the U/85kg class at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
  • Winning silver at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.


  • Primary
  • Secondary
    Trade School (Cameroon)
  • Tertiary
    Cert III in civil construction plan


  • Coach
    Yourik Sarkisian (2010 - current)
  • Club
    Hawthorn Weightlifting Club
  • Primary Training Base
    Hawthorn Weightlifting Club Melbourne, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Victorian Institute Of Sport


Favourite holiday destination
Favourite music
Hip Hop/Rap
Dream car
Dodge Callenger
Personal Motto
That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger
I would spend my last $10 on
Phone credit to call my family
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Ilya Ilyin (-105kg, Kazakhstan)
First Olympic Memory?
1996 Olympic Games where Pyrros Dimas -85kg won Gold and two world records
Most Influential person in your career/life
My Father
Why this sport?
My Family and the enjoyment of the sport