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Vanessa Sarno Secures Olympic Berth with Record-Breaking Performance

Vanessa Sarno

In a stunning display of strength and skill, Vanessa Sarno has virtually secured her ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics following her remarkable performance in the women’s 71kg category at the IWF World Cup in Phuket, Thailand.

Record-Breaking Feat

Vanessa Sarno

Vanessa Sarno, the 20-year-old Asian champion, showcased her prowess in Group B, finishing fifth overall with a total lift of 245 kilograms. Her standout moment came in the snatch category, where she shattered her own record by lifting 110kg. This surpasses her previous mark set in Doha, Qatar last year. Sarno followed up with a clean & jerk of 135kg, solidifying her position among the world’s elite lifters.

In the highly competitive Group A, American Olivia Reeves emerged victorious with a total lift of 268kg. She bested renowned competitors like Liao Guifang of China and North Korea’s Song Kuk Hyang.

Road to Paris

Vanessa Sarno

Sarno’s outstanding performance in Phuket has elevated her to fifth place in the Olympic qualification rankings, virtually guaranteeing her a coveted spot in the Paris Olympics. With only the Top 10 lifters securing Olympic tickets, Sarno’s achievement marks a significant milestone for Philippine weightlifting.

Vanessa Sarno joins a select group of Filipino athletes who have already secured their berths in the Paris Olympics. The list includes Elreen Ando, John Febuar Ceniza, Eumir Marcial, Nesthy Petecio, Aira Villegas, Carlos Yulo, Aleah Finnegan, and EJ Obiena.

The official list of Olympic qualifiers is set to be released at the end of the month. Sarno’s remarkable journey from the IWF World Cup in Phuket showcases her dedication and talent. Her unwavering pursuit of excellence in weightlifting positions her for success on the grand stage of the Paris Olympics.

 

Read Also: John Ceniza Secures Olympic Berth, Represents Philippines in Paris

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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
 
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