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Hidilyn to spearhead PH team in SEA Games

Hidilyn Diaz AFP FILE PHOTO
Hidilyn Diaz AFP FILE PHOTO 

TOKYO Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz will spearhead the 13-member weightlifting team in the coming Vietnam Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Also joining the regional tournament slated on May 12 to 23 in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, are Fernando Agad Jr. (men’s 55kg), Rowel Garcia (men’s 61kg), Nestor Colonia (men’s 67kg), Lemon Denmark Tarro (men’s 73kg), John Kevin Padullo (men’s 89kg), John Dexter Tabique (men’s +89kg), Mary Flor Diaz (women’s 45kg), Rosegie Ramos (women’s 49kg), Margaret Colonia (women’s 59kg), Elreen Ann Ando (women’s 64kg), Vanessa Sarno (women’s 71kg) and Kristel Macrohon (women’s +71kg).

They will be accompanied by coaches Gregorio Colonia, Gary Hortelano, Nicolas Jaluag and Patrick Lee.

The Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas came up with the final lineup after conducting a series of qualifying tournaments at the Hidilyn Diaz Gym in Zamboanga City, Cebu Coliseum and Sentro Fortis Crossfit Gym in Muntinlupa.

Among the 13 lifters, six are medal winners during the 2019 Manila SEA Games. They are gold medalists Hidilyn Diaz (women’s 55kg) and Macrohon, silver medalists Margaret Colonia and Ando, and bronze medalists Mary Flor Diaz and Nestor Colonia, bronze.

John Ceniza, also a silver medalist in 2019, will not go to Vietnam after losing to Garcia in the qualifying event.

Colonia is the only veteran in the men’s team. Prior to his stint in the 2016 Rio Olympics, he won the gold medal in the 2015 Asian Championships and the bronze medal in the World Championships in the same year.

The female lifters, on the other hand, managed to compete in two tournaments during the pandemic.

Sarno won two golds and one silver, Ando bagged two silvers and one bronze, Mary Flor Diaz collected three silvers and Macrohon pocketed two bronzes in the 2021 Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Two years ago, Sarno won three golds, while Ramos got two silvers and one bronze in the online International Weightlifting Federation Youth World Cup hosted by Lima, Peru.

Ramos made it to the Vietnam-bound team following her victory over Elien Rose Perez in the qualifying. Perez saw action in the last SEA Games.

The Philippines is hoping to improve its performance in the 2019 SEA Games where it finished third behind Vietnam (4-5-1) and Indonesia (4-1-5).

The weightlifting competition will be held at the Hanoi Sport Training Center from May 19 to 22.

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