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Vanessa Sarno cops three golds in Asian Junior Weightlifting

Vanessa Sarno just keeps on winning.

The reigning Asian champion annexed the junior title of the women’s minus-71 kg, winning three golds in the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships, Friday evening (Philippine time) at the Yonusobod Sport Complex in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Sarno was so dominant in the competition that just needed to lift her first attempt of 120 kg in the clean and jerk to secure the gold in the said portion and, consequently, the Asian junior title.

The 31st Southeast Asian Games gold medalist eventually carried a total of 230 kg, a good 18 kg heavier than the 212 of Indonesia’s Restu Anggi.

Sarno earlier took two tries to take 100 kg to bag the gold in the snatch. The Filipino easily carried 95 on her first lift of the evening.

Restu finished with the silver for the total after a bronze in the snatch with 92 and a silver in the clean and jerk with 120.

Korea’s Kim Hyemin bagged the silver in the snatch with 93, but a third-place effort in the clean and jerk with 118 saw the Indonesian overtake her in the total. Kim consequently took the bronze in total with 211.

Meanwhile, Kiesha Felisilda and Adrian Cristobal turned in gallant efforts in the women’s minus-55 and men’s minus-61 kg youth weight classes that concluded on Tuesday.

Felisilda ended in fifth place in the snatch with 66 kg, fifth in the clean and jerk with 84, and fifth in total with 150. On the other hand, Cristobal amassed 173 for a seventh place off seventh in the snatch with 78 and seventh in the clean and jerk.

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Team Pilipinas weightlifters ended their campaign with a haul of 12 golds, three silvers, and a bronze.

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