Tue 28 September 2021

Ando 7th place in Olympics weightlifting debut

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Filipina Elreen Ando failed to duplicate the victory of compatriot Hidilyn Diaz as the Cebuana debutante finished at seventh place in the 64 kg. category in Olympic women’s weightlifting Tuesday at the Tokyo International Forum.

Ando lifted a total of 222 kilos, 14 kilos shy of the total lift of gold medalist Maude Charron of Canada.

Ando snatched an impressive 100 kilos to start her campaign tied at fifth place.

However, she could only muster 122 kilos in the clean and jerk, which was way off the medal standard of her superior competitors.

Last night, Diaz, six kilos lighter than Ando, lifted 127 kilos in the clean and jerk en route to the gold medal.

Ando though impressed in her Olympic debut, ranking in the middle of 14 lifters.

 In her debut in 2008, Diaz finished tenth among twelve lifters in the 58 kg. category.

Ando’s greatest achievements were a two silvers and one bronze in the 2020 Asian Championships, and a silver in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

With the conclusion of Ando’s competition, Team Philippines is now down to twelve athletes as flag bearer Eumir Marcial will debut in men’s middleweight boxing Round of 16 against Younes Nemouchi of Algeria tomorrow.

Featherweight Nesthy Petecio will then vie for a sure medal in her quarterfinals match against Yeni Arias of Colombia.

Swimmer Remedy Rule will compete in the semifinals of the 200 m. breastroke and will aim to be the first Filipino to enter the Olympic swimming finals since 1936, which was achieved by the legendary Teofilo Yldefonso.

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