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New Filipina weightlifting prospect emerges, wins medals in world youth tiff

Joey Villar - Philstar.com
New Filipina weightlifting prospect emerges, wins medals in world youth tiff
Filipina weightlifter Rose Jean Ramos
IWF photo

MANILA, Philippines – There is another potential heiress to Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz’s throne as queen of Philippine weightlifting.

Her name is Rose Jean Ramos and, just like Diaz herself, a product of that world-class lifter-producing city in Zamboanga.

The 17-year-old pocket-sized wonder showed her true worth to be one of the possible successors to Diaz’s throne as she captured a pair of gold medals and silver in the World Youth Championships in Guanajuato, Mexico Monday.

Ramos struck gold in the clean and jerk with a lift of 85 kilograms and in total weight with a 155kg while settling for the silver in the snatch with a 70kg in the women’s 45kg class.

She blew away the field that included Venezuelan Kerlys Montilla and Indian Soumya Sunil Dalvi, who wound up second and third in total with 153kg (71kg in snatch and 82kg in clean and jerk) and 148kg (65kg, 83kg), respectively.

It was a reprise of her performance from last year’s edition in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she bagged mints in snatch and total and silver in clean and jerk.

She also snared a gold and silver in the world tilt, hosted by Peru and done online due to the pandemic, the previous year that underscored her ability to follow in the footsteps of Diaz.

“We’re on a roll,” said an ecstatic Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella, who put the medals on Ramos’ neck himself during the awarding ceremony.

Puentevella sees great potential in Ramos to make it to the 2024 Paris Olympics alongside several other bets headed by Diaz and Vanessa Sarno, an equally promising 18-year-old lass from Tagbilaran, Bohol who ruled her heavier division in the Hanoi Southeast Asian Games last month and the Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan a year back.

“Here we come Paris 2024. We’re beating the best in the world. We can do it,” said Puentevella, who thanked coach Allen Diaz, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation for the support.

With the likes of talented youngsters like Sarno and Ramos, the future is secured when the time comes Diaz would call it a day.

HIDILYN DIAZ

VANESSA SARNO

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