Colonia misses weightlifting podium in SEA Games

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — (UPDATED) Still recovering from a right knee injury, weightlifter Nestor Colonia finished a disappointing fifth in the 56-kg division of the event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at MiTEC Hall 3 on Monday here.

Colonia injured his right knee while training just a month before the biennial meet, and needed to have uric acid drained from the knee as well.

Still, he represented the country in the SEA Games, the lone Filipino weightlifter to do so after women’s weightlifting – where Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz was tipped to grab a gold for the country – was scrapped.

With Diaz coaching him at the sidelines, Colonia could not complete his first lift in the snatch, but lifted 110-kg in his second try and 113-kg in his third, to place fourth among six competitors.

In the clean-and-jerk, he lifted 140-kg in his first attempt, but failed in his second and third tries where he was attempting to lift 146-kg.

“Hindi ko nabuhat ‘yung 100% ko dito,” Colonia said after his combined lift of 253-kg, well off his personal best. “Kung nabuhat ko ‘yung 100%, easy lang ang gold.”

Vietnam’s Thach Kim Tuan won gold with 269-kg, while Indonesia’s Surahmat Bin Suwoto Wijoyo settled for silver with a lift of 267-kg.

Thailand’s Witoon Mingmoon could only claim the bronze after his lift of 160-kg in the clean-and-jerk failed, and totaled 259-kg.

According to Colonia, he had been lifting 121-kg in the snatch and 150-kg in the clean-and-jerk, all in his first attempts. “So first attempt lang ‘yun, gold na agad,” he pointed out. Indeed, Colonia pointed out that he has already beaten the gold medalist from Vietnam in a previous competition.

Still, Colonia said he was not too disheartened with the result, as he knew he was not in his best shape.

“Okay lang ako,” he said.

Colonia now plans to rest and recover from his right knee injury, but is still eyeing a return in the World Championships in Los Angeles this November.

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