ANAHEIM, CA — After Hidilyn Diaz nabbed a pair of medals at the IWF World Championships, 21-year-old Kristel Macrohon made her world championships debut.
Her 85-kilo snatch was good for fifth and a 115 kilo clean and jerk, got her fourth place, she finished 5th overall in group B of the 69-kilogram division by lifting a total of 200-kilograms.
“Ok naman. Pero Meron din papa gawa,” she said.
“Overall maganda naman Ng labas Ng performance Ng mga atleta si Kristel, 85-115. Bumaba konti Ang performance nya from the iMac,” saidTony Augustin, her coach. “Pero nag aaral kasi Yung bata ito And she’s only 21-years-old. We are preparing next year naka Training sila abroad Para in preparation for Asian Games.”
These World championships which featured many Olympians, including past medalists do not count towards the 2020 games in Tokyo, but proved to be a good battleground for the Philippines.
“Base na sa results dito kaya kaya Ng Pilipinas,” said Augustin. “Kaya ni Hidee kaya, even si Nestor sa 56 kilograms natin kaya kaya rin yan magiging competitors sa international.”
Coach Augustin says aside from the two world championship representatives, there are a handful of athletes in the Philippines ready to make their mark.
“Marmaing din tayo mga talents na galing sa iba provincia and Meron tayo next year the youth Olympic Games May prospect din tayo Tatlong bata. We are also planning to send them to training abroad.”
The next major contest will be in August at the Asian Games, where Diaz is expected to lead their team against some of the regions best.
With Olympic hero’s like Hidilyn Diaz and rising prospects like Kristel Macrohon, the Philippines has a bright future in the sport with the potential to become a weightlifting powerhouse by the time the 2020 Olympics come around.