MANILA, Philippines—Cousins Nestor and Margaret Colonia won a medal in their respective categories in the weightlifting competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Nestor, who competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016, won bronze after lifting a combined 287-kg in the men's 67-kg class in the afternoon. He lifted 127 kg in the snatch, and 160 kg in the clean-and-jerk.
It was a relatively successful return for Nestor, who did not medal in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur and has dealt with knee injuries over the past couple of years. He decided to compete in a higher weight class for the SEA Games, after making his mark in the 56-kg category earlier in his career.
Nestor was highly motivated to show that he can still compete at a high level after dealing with injuries over the past two years.
"Siyempre para maipakita ko rin sa mga official namin kasi, 'yung iba kasi sabi nila, malapit na daw maubos 'yung time ko sa pagiging atleta," said the 27-year-old Colonia.
"So ngayon, pinakita ko sa kanila na kaya ko pa. Kasi gusto ko pang mag-qualify sa Olympics."
Winning the gold was Indonesia's Deni, who lifted a combined 315 kg. Vietnam's Dinh Xuan Hoang lifted a combined 308 kg. He tried for 181 kg in his third and last attempt in the clean-and-jerk, in a bid to claim the gold, but could not complete the lift.
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Margaret made a smashing SEA Games debut by winning the silver medal in the women's 59kg division.
Margaret lifted a combined 189 kg — 82 in the snatch and 107 in the clean-and-jerk. Vietnam's Hoang Thi Duyen, with a lift of 210 kg, ran away with the gold, while Indonesia's Putri Andriani grabbed the bronze after lifting a combined 177 kg.
"Ang dami ko sakripisyo para matupad ito," said Margaret. "Pag-aaral ko sinakripisyo ko para sa laro na 'to, kaya sobrang saya ko na nakuha ko 'yung silver medal."
Nestor had no doubts that his younger cousin can continue to experience success as a weightlifter.
"Siyempre congratulations sa kanya, kasi first time niya kasi," he said. "Kailangan lang talaga, pagbutihin niya pa lalo sa training kasi alam ko naman na kaya pa niyang lumakas."
In the women’s 64-kg category, Filipina bet Elreen Ann Ando agonizingly missed out on the gold medal.
Her third attempt of 120 kg in the clean-and-jerk was judged a no-lift, allowing Vietnam’s Pham Thi Hong Thanh to claim the gold by lifting 124 kg in her own last try.
Pham lifted a combined 214 kg (90-kg snatch, 124-kg clean-and-jerk), while Ando lifted a combined 213 kg (98-kg snatch, 115-kg clean-and-jerk).
Bernadicta Study of Indonesia, with a combined lift of 186 kg, copped the bronze medal.
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