Young bets show PH weightlifting is in good hands even behind Diaz-Naranjo with seven golds in world youth

Rosalinda Faustino lifted 100 kilograms (kg) to win the gold medals in the women's 55 kg and the women's 55 kg before taking part in the awards ceremony, where Lupang Hinirang was held for the seventh time.  —PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED OF THE International Weightlifting Federation

Rosalinda Faustino lifted 100 kilograms (kg) to win the gold medals in the women’s 55 kg and the women’s 55 kg before taking part in the awards ceremony, where Lupang Hinirang was held for the seventh time. —PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED OF THE International Weightlifting Federation

Each of the five bets that the Philippines enters the 2023 International Weightlifting Federation World Youth Championship brings home a gold medal, drawing a really great prospect for a weightlifting opportunity. of the country at the Paris Olympics and beyond.

Rosalinda Faustino wrapped up Team Philippines’ fruitful campaign at the world youth championships in Durres, Albania, on Tuesday with a gold medal in the women’s 55 kilogram (kg) category while adding a silver medal.

Faustino’s victory in the loop and powerlift at 100 kg, and finishing second in total completed the team’s medal collection of seven gold, four silver and one bronze. at the conclusion of the Filipino campaign in the largest gathering of world-class teen lift athletes globally.

Coach Greg Colonia told the Inquirer: “Based on our assessment and with what we’ve seen, these kids have the potential to be Olympic athletes one day. With four more days of competition, the Philippines has ended the period currently leading the medal standings with a score of 7-4-1 (gold-silver-bronze) while Vietnam is far behind with a score of 3-2. -2.

Golden Boy

In third place was Canada (3-1-2) while Taipei won three gold medals in fourth place, followed by Colombia (2-2-0) and Turkmenistan (2-1-0). Angelina Colonia also won a gold medal in the recoil and a silver in total late Monday in the women’s 45 kg category.

But what really signaled the remarkable things to come were the performances of Prince delos Santos, Albert delos Santos and Erron Borres, who gave the men’s weightlifting team something to look forward to in the events. future jump rope.

“If they continue to work hard and improve, they will probably be ready for the Olympic qualifying events starting with the 2028 Los Angeles Games,” said older Colonia, uncle of Angeline siblings and campaigner. Rio 2016 Olympic member Nestor Colonia said.

Prince won two golds (stealing and total) and one silver (snatch and jerk) in the men’s 49 kg class while Borres pocketed a gold medal in the snatch and a total silver and a medal. bronze in the recoil in the same weight class.

Next was Albert’s feat of winning a double gold medal in the men’s jerk and recoil as well as in the men’s 61 kg total.

“Our athletes prepared well for the world championships with the help of our coaches,” said Colonia.

Coaches Diwa delos Santos and Colonia joined a delegation of five athletes on a trip led by the Philippine Sports Commission, MVP Sports Organization and SM.

“Five young weightlifters have represented this country at the World Youth Championships and each took home a gold medal or two. This is our future. We’ve proven our point and we’re ready for (Olympics in) Los Angeles 2028,” said Monico Puentevella, president of Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas.

Talented women

The arrival of Delos Santos and Borres comes at a time when the women’s team has consistently performed well beyond expectations at continental and global tournaments, led by the Tokyo Olympics gold medalist and the world champion. world rival Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo is at the top.

“Our boys are catching up with the girls,” says Puentevella.

Said to be Diaz-Naranjo’s heirs are Asian champion Vanessa Sarno, Tokyo Olympic athlete Elreen Ando, ​​Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Kristel Macrohon and young world gold medalist Rosegie Ramos, among many others.

After sliding down to fourth place in the loop, tied with Kazakhstan’s Darya Balabayuk in the 78 kg category, 15-year-old Faustino showed off his prowess by winning the loop with strength of the 100 kg lift on the second attempt to win against Gelen Yulieth Torres Gomez of Colombia.

Faustino won the overall silver medal at 178 kg, 182 behind Torres Gomez. INQ

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