Elreen Ando settles for another silver

Published May 21, 2022, 3:12 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Elreen Ando claimed another silver medal, albeit in heartbreaking fashion, in the women’s 64kg weightlifting competitions of the 31st Southeast Asian Games Saturday, May 21 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Elreen Ando (File Photo/AFP)

The Tokyo Olympian couldn’t lift her final two attempts in the clean and jerk event to finish with a total of 223kgs to settle for another runner-up finish in the regional meet.

Vietnam’s Thi Hong Thanh Pham retained the gold inside the Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Center after registering 229kgs.

Ando lifted 103kgs in snatch, closely-trailing the Vietnamese who registered 104kgs.

After completing a lift of 120kgs at the start of the clean and jerk, Ando went for 125 on her second attempt in hopes of staying behind Pham.

But Ando couldn’t complete the attempt, putting her in a precarious situation.

She went for 125 anew on the final try but once again fell short, leaving the 23-year-old Ando in tears as a potential gold slipped away.

The Philippines currently has one gold, one silver and one bronze in weightlifting with one event remaining.

Asian champion Vanessa Sarno is scheduled to see action in the women’s 71kg event.