Vanessa Sarno, the rising star of Philippine weightlifting, would need all the help she can get if the country wants to realize her full, boundless potential.
And the Philippine Sports Commission has answered the call by providing her with the same formula it did that produced world beaters like fellow lifter and Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, gymnast Caloy Yulo, World No. 5 pole-vaulter EJ Obiena, and the mighty Filipino boxers
“We will support her by giving an excellent coach and exposure for the Paris Olympics,” PSC chairman Batch Ramirez said.
Sarno, who was discovered in one of PSC’s grassroots programs called Batang Pinoy back in 2014, dismissed her rivals easily at the 31st Southeast Asian Games by capturing the gold medal early in the women’s 71kg competition by flexing her superiority and breaking three meet records.
The Tagbilaran, Bohol native lifted a total of 239kg, 16 kilos heavier than silver medalist Siriyakorn Khaipandung of Thailand (223kg). Anggi Restu of Indonesia finished with the bronze (212kg).
The future is bright for Sarno, who is only 18 years old, as she is expected to have more international exposures following her successful SEAG stint.
Prior to the SEAG, she won the gold medal at the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.