Ando wins weightlifting silver again


Elreen Ando | Photo added

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Pride of Barangay Carreta, Elreen Ando won the silver medal in the women’s 64 kilogram division of the weightlifting event on Saturday at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ando, ​​23, one of three weightlifters from Cebuano campaigning for Team Philippines at the SEA Games, finished with a total of 223 kilograms of lift to replicate her silver medal at the 2019 SEA Games in Manila.

Ando lifted a total of 103 kg in the snatch and 120 kg in the clean and jerk. Vietnamese Thi Hong Thanh Pham, who topped the same weightlifting category at the 2019 SEA Games in Manila, won the gold medal lifting a total of 230kg.

Pham was a kilogram heavier than Ando in the snatch (104 kg) and finished the clean and jerk category with 126 kg in total. Rabathani Tsabitha of Indonesia finished in the top three with a total of 216kg. She had 100k in the snatch and 116kg in the clean and jerk.

Ando, ​​who placed seventh in her Olympic debut at the Tokyo Olympics last year, is one of three Cebuanos competing at the SEA Games, the other two being Fernando Agad and John Dexter Tabique.

Agad of San Fernando, south of Cebu, finished fifth in the men’s 55 kilogram division with Vietnam’s Lại Gia Thành winning the gold medal while Thailand’s Thada Somboon-uan settled for silver and Mohamad Aniq Kasdan of Malaysia won the bronze medal.

Tabique will compete in the 89+kg division tomorrow, Sunday, May 22, 2022. Additionally, fellow Filipino weightlifters John Kevin Padullo (89kg) and Kristin Macrohon (71+kg) will also join Tabique in tomorrow’s competition.

So far, only Hidilyn Diaz has won the gold medal from the 13-man Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas (SWP) Philippine weightlifting team.

Rosegie Ramos managed to win a bronze medal in the women’s 49 kg division. Vietnam’s Dihn Thi Pham finished with silver while Thailand’s Surodchana Khambao won gold.

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