SEA Games 2019: Kristel Macrohon wins Philippines' 2nd Weightlifting gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 04, 2019 04:48 PM
Filipina Kristel Macrohon added another gold medal to the Philippines' tally, winning the Women's 71-KG category in SEA Games Weightlifting
Filipina weightlifter Kristel Macrohon gave the Philippines yet another gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, topping the Women's 71-KG category, Wednesday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
The 23-year old Pinay topped the Snatch session with a 93-KG lift in her second attempt. Macrohon attempted to go for 95-KG in her final Snatch lift, but could not complete the lift.
In the Clean and Jerk portion, Macrohon found her groove as she cleared 116-KG in her first attempt and followed that up with 120-KG in her second try.
The Filipina bet sealed the first-place finish with a 123-KG lift in her final Clean and Jerk attempt to finish with a total score of 216.
"Sobrang saya po talaga, hindi ko inexpect na manalo ako ngayon," an emotional Macrohon said before letting out tears. "Sinasabi sa akin ni coach, 'Last na 'to, ibigay mo na lahat. Bahala na kung makabuhat yung kalaban or hindi, basta binuhat mo yung anong dapat buhatin ngayon."
Macrohon, a first-timer in the SEA Games, admitted that she wasn't expecting to take top honors, but with Vietnam's Nguyen failing to clear her final lift, the door was left wide open for the Pinay to get the gold.
"Hindi po talaga [ine-expect na maka-gold] kasi pareho po kami ng total ng Vietnam. Hindi ko po ine-expect, ang inexpect ko lang talaga, maka-silver ako, hindi ko inexpect na maka-gold ako."
Vietnam's Thi Van Nguyen came dangerously close to leveling but she could not clear her final 125-KG attempt in the Clean and Jerk, placing her at silver with a total score of 214.
Indonesian Tsabitha Ramadani took bronze with a total score of 203.
With Macrohon's gold medal win, the Pinoy weightlifting contingent will take home seven medals, with Hidilyn Diaz getting gold, Elreen Ando, Margaret Colonia and John Ceniza getting silver, and Nestor Colonia and Mary Flor Diaz taking bronze.