Vanessa Sarno sets new SEAG record in weightlifting

Published May 21, 2022, 6:28 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Vanessa Sarno added another gold for the Philippines in weightlifting after a dominant performance in the women’s 71kg event of the 31st Southeast Asian Games Saturday, May 21 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vanessa Sarno (center) during the awarding ceremony

The Asian champion registered a SEA Games record of 239kgs, capping off her feat with a masterful showing in the clean and jerk of the event held at the Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Center.

Thailand’s Khaipandung Siriyakorn settled for silver with 223kgs with Indonesia’s Restu Anggi getting the bronze after compiling 212kgs.

Sarno topped the snatch with a Games record of 104kgs before securing the gold in just her first attempt in the clean and jerk when she lifted 123kgs.

But the 18-year-old was far from satisfied as she lifted 130 and 135 with ease, the last attempt also setting a new SEAG mark.

Her win came after a disappointing setback absorbed by Elreen Ando in the women’s 64kg when she settled for a second straight silver.

Weightlifting competitions will end Sunday with the Philippines collecting two golds, one silver and one bronze.

Tokyo Olympics champion Hidilyn Diaz accounted for the other gold after winning the women’s 55kg the other day.

Seventeen-year-old Rosegie Ramos took the bronze in the women’s 49kg last Thursday.

Mary Flor Diaz (women’s 45kg), Fernando Agad (men’s 55kg), Rowel Garcia (men’s 61kg), Nestor Colonia (men’s 67kg), Margaret Colonia (women’s 59kg) and Lemon Denmark Tarro (men’s 73kg) fell short in their medal bids.