SEA Games 2019: Weightlifter Nestor Colonia earns bronze to capture first SEAG medal

Santino Honasan on Dec 03, 2019 03:09 PM
SEA Games 2019: Nestor Colonia takes bronze in weightlifting
Nestor Colonia captured his first-ever SEA Games medal, taking bronze in the Men's 67-KG category in the 2019 SEA Games Weightlifting competition (Photo: Josh Albelda)

Just hours after younger cousin Margaret captured silver on her maiden SEA Games appearance, Olympian weightlifter Nestor Colonia won his first SEA Games medal, going for bronze in the Men's 67-KG category of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Weightlifting competition, Tuesday afternoon at the RMSC Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila. 

Colonia, a three-time SEA Games veteran and 2019 Rio Summer Olympics delegate recorded 127-KG in the Snatch after not being able to clear 130-KG in his final attempt. 

The Zamboanga-native wrapped up the event by finishing the Clean and Jerk with 160-KG, after again missing out on clearing his third and final attempt, which would have been 169-KG. 

Still, it was enough for Colonia to secure a podium finish for the first time in his SEA Games career. 

"Nag-medal na ako sa world, naging Asian Champion na ako, pero hindi pa ako nag-medal sa SEA Games, so mahalaga ito sa akin," said Colonia. 

It was a triumphant return for the 27-year old, who is coming back from a two-year hiatus due to nagging knee injuries. It was also a way for him to prove that he still has some gas left in the tank, as he targets a spot in the Tokyo Olympics. 

"Para maipakita ko din sa mga official namin, kasi yung iba, sabi nila na malapit na daw maubos yung time ko sa pagiging-atleta. Ngayon, pinakita ko sa kanila na kaya ko pa, kasi gusto ko pa mag-qualify sa Olympics." 

He did admit that this may be his last run and could hang his weightlifting belt up after the Olympics. "Siguro sa after the Olympics, mag-stop na ako."

Colonia's bronze makes it five claimed medals for the Philippines' weightlifting contingent, as Hidilyn Diaz took gold in the Women's 55-KG category, while John Cenizal and Margaret Colomia both took silver in the Men's 55-KG category and Women's 59-KG category respectively, while Mary Flor Diaz took bronze as well, in the Women's 49-KG category. 


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