February 4, 2023

Filipino Guardian

Sentinels of Filipino Free Press

Weightlifting Federation hopes to send three representatives to Paris Games


THE PHILIPPINES have set a goal of qualifying three or four weightlifters for next year’s Olympics in Paris, the sport’s federation said.

Aside from Tokyo Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo, the Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas (SWP) is hoping that Elreen Ando, ​​Vanessa Sarno and Kristel Macrohon will also earn a place at the games.

Ms Diaz-Naranjo has a good lead after winning three gold medals at last month’s World Championships in Bogota, Colombia, the first of ten Olympic qualifying meetings sanctioned by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Ms Ando, ​​an Olympian from Tokyo, Ms Sarno, an Asian and Southeast Asian champion, and Ms Macrohon, a gold medalist at the SEA Games, did not win a medal but accumulated Olympic qualifying points by competing in the Colombian capital.

“We’re looking for three to four lifters to qualify for Paris. Hidilyn, Ando, ​​Sarno and Macrohon are the lifters to watch out for,” said SWP President Monico Puentevella.

To make the Paris Cut, a contender must see action in at least five other IWF-sanctioned tilts and hope they earn enough points in their respective weight classes.

Mr. Puentevella is asking the newly appointed officials of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), led by Chairman Richard Bachmann, to help support a bid to host four Olympic Games.

Bacolod’s former PSC officer was confident of further success after Ms Diaz-Naranjo’s historic performance in Tokyo.

“Of the 10 or more qualifying events for Paris, we need four more and we hope that the new PSC officials will continue that kind of support,” said Puentevella. “And we promise you, we’ll deliver again.” – Joey Villar