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Vanessa Sarno strikes 2 golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships

Vanessa Sarno sealed her gold medal conquest by clearing 128 kilograms in the clean and jerk.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--There is another Filipina weightlifter to watch out for.

And she is just 17 years old.

Vanessa Sarno put Tashkent on notice on Wednesday as she ruled the women's 71-kilogram category of the Asian Weightlifting Championships.

Sarno, who hails from Bohol, lifted a total of 229 kilograms to take home the overall gold in the said event.

Sarno also lifted the heaviest in the clean and jerk routine with 128 kg, giving her another gold.

Only Gulnabat Kadyrova of Turkmenistan had a better lift than Sarno in the snatch as the former lifted 102 kg against the latter's 101.

However, Kadyrova struggled a bit in the C&J as she only lifted 121 kg., just good for third place, giving her 223 kg. in total.

Overall, Kadyrova still got the silver as Kazakhstan's Yekaterina Bykova, despite having a heavier C&J lift at 122 kg, could only lift a 91 in the snatch for 213 in total and settled for the bronze.

Last year, Sarno won the IWF Online World Cup, already making her a future threat to give the Philippines an Olympic gold down the road.

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