By J. Jala | 10:12 PM April 21, 2021
Boholano weightlifter Vanessa Sarno reigned supreme in the women’s 71-kg category of the 2021 Asian Weightlifting Championship held on Wednesday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Sarno bagged the gold medal for the event after lifting a total of 229 kg.
Turkmenistan’s Gulnabat Kadyrova came in second with 223 kg, while Yekaterina Bykova placed third with 213 kg.
Sarno won another gold for topping the clean and jerk after lifting 128 kg. She also got a silver medal for her 101 kg lift in the snatch, behind Gulnabat’s 102 kg.
Sarno lifted her way to the top of the podium with a total of 229 kg, besting Turkmenistan’s Gulbanat Kadyrova (223 kg) and Kazakhstan’s Yekatarina Bykova (213kg) in the overall count.
Sarno, 17, from Tagbilaran City, dominated the clean and jerk portion of the competition with a lift of 128 kg. She finished second behind Kadyrova in snatch, registering 101 kg and kilogram less than the top finisher.
Sarno last year won three gold medals in the International Weightlifting Federation Online World Youth Championship in Peru.
A year before that, she also took home two golds and a silver medal in the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships in North Korea.
Sarno is the third weightlifter from the Philippines to bring home the medal in the Asian Championships after Erleen Ando in the women’s 64kg-division and Mary Flor Diaz in the 45kg-division.
Meanwhile, fellow Boholano Hidilyn Diaz fell short in the 55-kg event, but her participation in the tournament officially qualified her for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.