By J. Jala | 08:14 PM November 20, 2020
Philippine bet Vanessa Sarno reaped three gold medals in the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Online Youth World Cup on Tuesday hosted by Lima, Peru.
The 17-year-old Sarno won her gold medals in the women’s 71 kilogram contest of the youth weightlifting world event held online for the first time from November 11 to 18, 2020, with more than 400 athletes from 62 participating countries.
The Asian Youth medalist swept three events in the women’s 71 kilograms category with a total of 211kg (gold), 93kg in Snatch (gold), and 118kg in Clean & Jerk (gold).
On the day of the competition, Sarno had to deal with the wide time difference between Peru and the Philippines, which is 13 hours ahead, Inquirer reported.
The Philippines has earned a total of four golds, three silvers, and one bronze medal in the IWF online meet including those earlier won by sisters Rose Jean and Rosegie Ramos.
Last year, Sarno raised the Philippine flag in North Korea with 2 gold medals and a silver at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships while Filipina weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz is expected to enter Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
Sarno’s feat boosted the country’s campaign in the world champs after sisters Rose Jean and Rosegie Ramos likewise bagged multiple medals on Sunday.
Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella said Sarno’s golden performance together with the Ramos sisters in the world youth championships reflect the future of Philippine weightlifting.
National coaches Ramon Solis and Gary Hortelano from Cebu, senior national coach Tony Agustin and Allen Diaz from Zamboanga have been working nonstop for their progress as well as coach Nicolas Jaluag from Bohol.