Macrohon, Sarno wrap up PH campaign
Kristel Macrohon and Vanessa concluded the Philippines’ campaign on Monday, December 12 (Tuesday, December 13, Manila time) as they both finished in the top 15 out of 39 entries in the women’s 71kg class.
Macrohon landed at 10th overall after topping Group B with a total lift of 232kg (104kg on snatch and 128kg on clean and jerk), while Asian champion Sarno wound up at 13th with a total lift of 224kg (99kg on snatch and 125kg on clean and jerk).
Romania’s Loredana Tama took home the gold (256kg), leaving China’s Zeng Tiantian (253kg) and Ecuador’s Angie Palacio (252kg) to settle for silver and bronze, respectively.
Abrupt end as Ando retires
Elreen Ando retired from the women’s 59kg competition after suffering an apparent elbow injury on Thursday, December 8 (Friday, December 9, Manila time).
Ando appeared have to hurt her left elbow on her first clean and jerk attempt while going for a lift of 127kg and needed to be assisted out of the podium as she struggled to stand on her own.
The Tokyo Olympian finished seventh out of 11 weightlifters in the snatch with a clearance of 97kg before her abrupt exit.
Colombia’s Yenny Alvarez put on a rousing show before a supportive home crowd as she dethroned Taiwan’s Kuo Hsing-chun for the gold medal after recording a total lift of 234kg.
Kuo still copped silver with a total lift of 232kg followed by Canada’s Maude Charron, who clinched bronze with a total lift of 231kg.
Pacaldo ends up at 18th
Dave Lloyd Pacaldo cleared a total of 290kg to end up at 18th in the men’s 67kg category on Thursday, December 8 (Friday, December 9, Manila time).
Pacaldo lifted 128kg on snatch and 162kg on clean and jerk as he finished fourth to last out of the 21 competitors.
Colombia’s Francisco Mosquera claimed the gold medal in front of his countrymen with a total lift of 325kg as he nosed out China’s Chen Lijun (324kg) for the top prize.
Thailand’s Weeraphon Wichuma (323kg) snared the bronze.
Diaz earns first world title
Hidilyn Diaz crowned herself a world champion at last after ruling the women’s 55kg with a sweep of all three gold medals in the event in Bogota, Colombia on Wednesday, December 7 (Thursday, December 8, Manila time).
The Filipina star topped the snatch with 93kg and the clean and jerk with 114kg for a total lift of 207kg as she captured her first world title.
Colombia’s Rosalba Morales wound up with silver with a total lift of 199kg, while Mexico’s Ana Gabriela Lopez pocketed bronze with a total lift of 198kg.
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Diaz snags snatch gold
Hidilyn Diaz claimed the snatch gold in the women’s 55kg division with a lift of 93kg, edging Mexico’s Ana Gabriela Lopez and Colombia’s Rosalba Morales.
The reigning Olympic champion, Diaz cleared 93kg on her second try as Lopez faltered in her gold bid after registering no lifts at 94kg on her last two attempts.
Lopez settled for silver with 90kg, while Morales bagged bronze with 89kg.
Ceniza cracks top 10
John Ceniza made the top 10 of the men’s 61kg class on Wednesday, December 7 (Thursday, December 8, Manila time).
He landed at third in Group B and finished 10th overall after a total lift 280kg, clearing 125kg on the snatch and 155kg on the clean and jerk.
China dominated the field as Li Fabin struck gold with a total lift of 312kg, while He Yueji took home bronze with a total lift of 296kg.
Indonesia’s Eko Yuli Irawan snatched silver with a total lift of 300kg.
Inan, Ramos out of top 10
Lovely Inan and Rosegie Ramos wrapped up their stints in the women’s 49kg of the World Weightlifting Championships in Bogota, Colombia on on Tuesday, December 6 (Wednesday, December 7, Manila time).
Inan finished 13th with a total lift of 178kg (78kg on snatch and 100kg on clean and jerk), while Ramos wound up at 17th with a total lift of 170kg (75kg on snatch and 95kg on clean and jerk).
China’s Jiang Huihua clinched the gold after clearing a total of 206kg as India’s Saikhom Mirabai Chanu settled for silver with a total lift of 200kg. Another Chinese completed the podium, with Hou Zhihui bagging bronze after tallying 198kg.
Colonia opens PH campaign, finishes 7th
Former Asian champion Nestor Colonia opened the Philippines’ campaign, finishing seventh in the men’s 55kg class out of 15 weightlifters on Monday, December 5 (Tuesday, December 6, Manila time).
Colonia cleared 110kg on the snatch and 133kg on the clean and jerk for a total of 243kg as he landed second in Group B and placed higher than three lifters from Group A.
Thailand’s Theerapong Silachai topped the event with a total lift of 265kg, while Vietnam’s Ngo Son Dinh and Korea’s Kim Yong-ho nailed silver and bronze, respectively, with identical scores of 260kg.
Olympic champion Hidilyn Diaz ramps up the Philippines’ medal quest in the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships in Bogota, Colombia.
Diaz will see action on Wednesday, December 7 (Thursday, December 8, Manila time) in the women’s 55kg division as she seeks to capture her first world title.
At least a medal is expected from the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medalist, who enters the competition with the highest-tying entry lift of 210kg.
Home bet and top seed Rosalba Morales also has an entry lift of 210kg as she poses a considerable threat to Diaz.
Diaz, though, can easily surpass that mark after lifting a total of 224kg when she took home gold in the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Other Filipinos who will see action are Olympian Elreen Ando (women’s 59kg), the promising Vanessa Sarno (women’s 71kg), Nestor Colonia (men’s 55kg), Rosegie Ramos and Lovely Inan (women’s 49kg), John Ceniza (men’s 61kg), Dave Lloyd Pacaldo (men’s 67kg), and Kristel Macrohon (women’s 71kg).
The world championships will run until December 16.