SEA Games 2019: Margaret Colonia takes silver in SEAG debut

Santino Honasan on Dec 03, 2019 12:10 PM
SEA Games 2019: Margaret Colonia takes silver in SEAG debut
In her SEA Games debut, Margaret Colonia took home silver in the Women's Weightlifting 59-KG category

Filipina weightlifter Margaret Colonia's SEA Games debut was one to remember, as she took silver in the Women's 59-KG category of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Weightlifting competition, Tuesday morning at the RMSC Ninoy Aquino Stadium. 

Colonia breezed through the Snatch session, finishing with a high of 82-kilograms, and was the only competitor to get Good Lifts on all three of her attempts. 

The Zamoboanga native would finish with 107-KG in the Clean and Jerk after being unable to lift 110-KG in her final attempt. Still, it was enough for a second-place finish. 

"Sobrang saya, kasi unang-una, ito po yung first SEA Games ko, tapos silver medal pa po, tsaka andami ko pong naging sakripisyo para ma-[kuha] ito, injuries, pag-aaral ko po sinakripisyo ko po para sa larong ito," the 20-year old said. "Kaya sobrang saya ko po na nakuha ko 'tong silver medal." 

Colonia was able to secure the podium finish with teammate and newly-crowned SEA Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz watching in the crowd. 

"Sobrang supportive po ni Ate Hidi tsaka ng mga teammate ko po, lalo na po yung mga senior po namin, sobrang supportive po nila, sila po yung, tuwing training sila po yung tumitingin sa technique namin, kung tama ba or mali yung ginagawa namin, sobrang supportive po nila," 

Colonia was the lastest Pinoy to snag a medal in the 2019 SEA Games, along with the previously-mentioned Diaz who captured gold in the Women's 55-KG category, while John Cenizal took silver in the Men's 55-KG category, and Mary Flor Diaz took bronze in the Women's 45-KG category. 

Colonia says her teammates' success were a huge motivator for her in her maiden SEA Games appearance. 

"Syempre po kasi  gusto ko po talaga magka-medal, kahit bronze lang po, kasi nakita ko po mag-laro si Ate Hidi kahapon, sobrang galing niya po, parang ang laki po ng epekto niya para galingan ko sa larong 'to." 

Vietnam's Thi Duyen Hoang was simply dominant in the event as she finished with 210 to take gold, while Indonesia's Putri Andriani took bronze with 177. 

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