Filipino teen weightlifter Vanessa Sarno raised the Filipino pride as she dominated the women’s 71-kilogram division of the 2021 Asian Weightlifting Championships, bagging two golds and a silver medal in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

/ 24 April 2021

Overall, Sarno lifted 229 kg disparaging other weightlifters that were followed by 223 kg of Turkmenistan’s Gulnabat Kadyrova and 213 kg of  Kazakhstan’s Yekaterina Bykova.

Sarno’s victory was seen the most after a golden finish in the clean and jerk class of the competition after three attempts with a lift of 120, 124, and 128kg.

While her silver medal was only 1 kg away from gold medalist Kadyrova under the snatch event finishing with a lift three attempts of 93, 97, and 101 kg.

With such victory from the 17-year old native of Tacloban, the Philippines has now a total of two golds, six silvers, and one bronze in the Asian weightlifting tournament.

And Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas President Monico Puentevella shared that Sarno’s victory just proved that she can be the next Hidilyn Diaz but further expressed that she must wait for world ranking to see if the young weightlifter can play in Tokyo.

“It’s now up to IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) to determine if they make Top 8 or not,” Puentevella shared to CNN Philippines.

“At 17 years old, she’s already world and Asian junior champion. It’s her first time to join Asian championship and she gets gold too.. the successor to Hidilyn. Good for Paris Olympics 2024,” he concluded.

While other Filipino women weightlifters, Elreen Ando snatched two silvers and one bronze in the women’s 64kg and Mary Flor Diaz bagged three silvers in the women 45kg division final.