Weightlifting

Teen weightlifter Rose Jean Ramos cops 2 golds, 1 silver in world youth tilt

Frencie Carreon
Teen weightlifter Rose Jean Ramos cops 2 golds, 1 silver in world youth tilt

HOTBED. Rose Jean Ramos represents Mindanao on the world stage just like Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz.

Screenshot from IWF Facebook livestream

Zamboanga lass Rose Jean Ramos brings glory to the same hometown of Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Another Zamboanguena has made the home city of Tokyo Olympics weightlifting gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz proud.

Rose Jean Ramos picked up three medals, including a pair of gold, at the 2021 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Championships in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, October 6.

The 16-year-old Ramos bagged two gold medals with a 67kg lift in the snatch, and 147kg for the total lift, and also secured a silver after lifting 80kg in the clean and jerk of the women’s 45kg division.

While Ramos stood on top of the podium, Poland’s Oliwia Drzazga settled for a silver with an overall lift of 143kg and Indonesia’s Najla Khoirunnisa landed a bronze medal after a total lift of 142kg.

Councilor Elbert Atilano, a weightlifting coach, said Ramos’ victory “is another feather to the city’s cap.” 

Ramos, who lives in the same village where Diaz hails from, has been trained by coach Allen Jafrus Diaz at the Hidilyn Diaz Weightlifting Gym, and is a beneficiary of the Alsons Power-Hidilyn Diaz Scholarship Program for aspiring weightlifters in Zamboanga City.

Fourteen-year-old weightlifter Jeaneth Hipolito opened the country’s campaign in the tournament with a bronze medal in the women’s 40kg event. – Rappler.com

Frencie Carreon is a Mindanao-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship