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Rosalinda Faustino lifts 100 kilograms (kg) to safe the clear and jerk gold within the ladies’ 55-kg division earlier than starring within the awarding the place the Lupang Hinirang was performed for the seventh time. —PHOTOS COURTESY OF INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION

Every of the 5 bets the Philippines despatched to the 2023 Worldwide Weightlifting Federation World Youth Championship introduced dwelling a gold medal, portray a very nice outlook for the nation’s weightlifting probabilities within the Paris Olympics and past.

Rosalinda Faustino closed out a fruitful Group Philippines marketing campaign on this planet youth championships in Durres, Albania, on Tuesday with a gold within the ladies’s 55-kilogram (kg) class whereas including a silver for good measure.

Faustino’s victory within the clear and jerk on the power of a 100-kg raise, and a second-place end within the whole accomplished the crew’s medal assortment of seven golds, 4 silvers and one bronze on the finish of the Filipinos’ marketing campaign within the largest meeting of world-class teen lifters on the globe.

“Based mostly on our evaluation and with what we’ve seen, these children have the potential to grow to be Olympians sometime,” coach Greg Colonia advised the Inquirer. With 4 extra days of competitors, the Philippines ended its stint at present atop the medal tally at 7-4-1 (gold-silver-bronze) with Vietnam far behind at 3-2-2.

Golden boys

Working third is Canada (3-1-2) whereas Taipei grabbed three golds for fourth adopted by Colombia (2-2-0) and Turkmenistan (2-1-0).Angelina Colonia likewise picked up a gold within the snatch and a silver within the whole late Monday within the ladies’s 45-kg division.

However what actually signified exceptional issues to return had been the performances of Prince delos Santos, Albert delos Santos and Erron Borres, who gave the boys’s lifting crew one thing to stay up for in future high-wire occasions.

“In the event that they proceed to work laborious and enhance, they’ll most likely be prepared for the Olympic qualifying occasions starting with the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics,” stated the older Colonia, the uncle of siblings Angeline and 2016 Rio Olympian Nestor Colonia.

Prince grabbed two golds (snatch and whole) and a silver (clear and jerk) within the males’s 49 kg whereas Borres pocketed a gold within the clear and jerk, a silver within the whole and a bronze within the snatch in the identical weight class.

It was adopted by the double-gold feat of Albert within the clear and jerk in addition to within the whole of the boys’s 61 kg.

“Our athletes ready nicely for the world championships with the assistance of the coaches,” stated Colonia.

Coaches Diwa delos Santos and Colonia joined the five-athlete delegation within the journey made attainable by the Philippine Sports activities Fee, MVP Sports activities Basis and SM.

“5 younger lifters represented this nation on this planet youth championships and each one went dwelling with a gold or two. That is our future. We’ve confirmed our level and we’re prepared for (the Olympics in) Los Angeles 2028,’’ stated Monico Puentevella, the Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president.

Gifted ladies

The arrival of Delos Santos and Borres comes at a time when the ladies’s crew has been constantly performing nicely past expectations within the continental and international competitions headlined by Tokyo Olympics gold medalist and world champion Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo.

“Our boys are catching up with the women,” stated Puentevella.

Fancied to be Diaz-Naranjo’s heirs are Asian champion Vanessa Sarno, Tokyo Olympian Elreen Ando, Southeast Asian Video games gold medalist Kristel Macrohon and world junior gold performer Rosegie Ramos, amongst others.

After sliding to fourth place within the snatch, tied with Kazakhstan’s Darya Balabayuk at 78 kgs, the 15-year-old Faustino confirmed what she’s able to by successful the clear and jerk on the power of a 100-kg raise in her second try and beat Colombia’s Gelen Yulieth Torres Gomez.

Faustino wound up with a silver within the whole at 178 kgs behind Torres Gomez’s 182. INQ

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