Vanessa Sarno easily defeats weightlifting rivals, sets record

Vanessa Palomar Sarno of the Philippines competes in the women's 71kg weightlifting event during the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on May 21, 2022.  (Photo Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Vanessa Palomar Sarno of the Philippines competes in the women’s 71kg weightlifting event during the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on May 21, 2022. (Photo Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Hanoi-stars call him the future of weightlifting.

At the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, it’s time for Vanessa Sarno.

After winning gold early in the women’s 71-kg weightlifting final, Sarno softened her superiority by trying to reset three meet records on Saturday at the Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Center.

“I knew I could do it because we had a great training camp,” said Sarno, just 18. “When I was robbed, I knew I would win. [clean and] Push. “

Sarno lifted a total of 239 kg, a difference of 16 kg from Thailand’s silver medalist Syriacorn Khaipandung (223 kg). Angie Restu (212 kg) got bronze.

Before Bohl-born teenager set foot on stage, the records at SEA Games were as follows: 101 kg for snatch, 123 kg for clean and jerk, and a total of 227 kg.

Sarno wiped everything out with a 104kg snatch and a 135kg clean and jerk lift. Here his total could have won him a gold medal at the World Championships last December, where he missed the bronze medal in the countback.

“Thank you so much to everyone who believed in me,” said Sarno, an emotional Filipino.

Bigger plans

But when the emotions subsided, Sarno immediately turned his attention to the big plan, planning to go to the Paris 2024 Olympics, to participate in all the qualifying tournaments for the Summer Games, and to follow in the footsteps of Heidelin Diaz.

“He (Diaz) said in sports, your life will change [for the better]”Thanks to the Philippine Sports Commission and MVP Sports,” said Sarno. “Here it is. I won the SEA Games. Thanks to those who supported me.”

“This is the face of the future,” said Monico Puentevela of Cerno, president of the Philippine Weightlifting Association.

Before he prepares for his trip to Paris, however, Sarno wants to go home and embrace his family after spending a month in a training camp at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.

The Asian champion said, “I just want to enjoy it.

Earlier, Puentevela expressed frustration over the loss of Olympian Elrin Ando in the women’s 64-kg division, which she said was due to miscommunication.

Thi Hong Than Pham, the defending champion, pulled the bluff in their clean and jerk when he increased his weight from 120kg to 130kg. This prompted the Filipinos to return to the stage in the 130kg immediately after failing in the 125kg.

Hang on

Cebu’s 23-year-old stunned while fastening his support belt and eventually failed at 130kg. Than Pham then adjusted to 126 kg to win the gold medal with a total of 230 (104-126).

Vietnam’s plot is almost identical to Diaz’s strategy at the Olympics, where he won a historic gold medal with a weight-bearing plot that cornered his Chinese enemy, Liao Qian.

Ando won a total of 223 (103-120) silver, while Sabitha Ramadani of Indonesia was third with 100-116-216.

“He didn’t have to hurry, he still had enough time,” Puyenvela said. The scene goes back to the 2019 edition of the biennial meeting when Ando accidentally lost time to the same Vietnam.

Before leaving for Hanoi, Sarno told Inquirer that he would do everything in his power to win his first gold at the biennial meeting.

As it turned out, he won a lot.

Bohl needed a minimal lift to the gold corner of the standout and SEA used the rest of its efforts to mark the Games.

This is the second gold medal for the Philippines in weightlifting after Diaz, the country’s first and only Olympic gold medalist, reigned supreme in the women’s 55kg category.

Diaz says he sees Sarno as a young talent who could be his successor.

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