David Katoatau (born July 17, 1984) is an I-Kiribati weightlifter.

At the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships he ranked 37th in the 85 kg category, with a total of 281 kg.[1]

He ranked 4th in the 85 kg category at the 2008 Oceania Weightlifting Championships, with a total of 292 kg.[1]


Katoatau represented Kiribati in weightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China,[2] and also was the national flag bearer at the opening ceremony.[3] In the Olympic tournament he ranked 15th in the 85 kg category, with a total of 313 kg.[4]

In 2012, he was the first I-Kiribati ever to qualify on merit for the Olympic Games (rather than receive a wildcard invitation), in any sport. He finished first in the Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which also made him Commonwealth champion.[5] As part of Kiribati's delegation at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he competed in the 94 kg event, and finished 17th out of 21, with a total lift of 325 kg.[6] He was, again, his country's national flag bearer during the Games' opening ceremony.[7]

At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games he won gold in the 105 kg group A, the first ever Commonwealth Games medal for Kiribati.[8][9]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, he became famous for his dance routines, which he did to bring awareness of the effects of global warming on his small island nation, upon completion of a clean & jerk lift.[10][11][12][13][14]


Athlete Year Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
David Katoatau 2008 85 kg 135 kg 18th 178 kg 15th 313 kg 15th
2012 94 kg 140 kg 17th 185 kg 15th 325 kg 17th
2016 105 kg 145 kg 17th 204 kg 12th 349 kg 14th

See also


  1. ^ a b "KATOATAO David". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Hale to Olympics", Solomon Star, July 14, 2008
  3. ^ "List of Flagbearers Beijing 2008" (PDF). www.olympic.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  4. ^ "KATOATAU David". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. 
  5. ^ "THE FIRST-EVER OLYMPIC QUALIFIER !", Kiribati National Olympic Committee, June 2013
  6. ^ David Katoatau Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.. sports-reference.com
  7. ^ List of flag bearers, 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, official website
  8. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Men's 105kg Group A". glasgow2014.com. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Katoatau the toast of Kiribati". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  10. ^ https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/08/david-katoatau-olympics-kiribati/496175/
  11. ^ Weightlifter becomes crowd favorite with crazy dances' on YouTube
  12. ^ Samuelson, Kate (August 16, 2016). "This Olympic Weightlifter Danced Off Stage to Raise Awareness of Climate Change". time.com. Time. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  13. ^ Boren, Cindy (August 16, 2016). "Kiribati weightlifter is dancing to save his island from climate change". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  14. ^ Friedman, Uri (August 16, 2016). "The Saddest Olympic Celebration; What do you do when you're competing for a country that might disappear? You dance". theatlantic.com. The Atlantic. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 

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