IBA, Zambales–Weightlifter Elien Rose Perez of Bohol proved her supremacy in the women’s 53 kg. class to give Region 7 (Central Visayas) three golds on Wednesday in the 2017 Private Schools Athletic Association Sports Foundation, Inc. (PRISAA) National Games at the Zambales Sports Complex here.
The 18-year-old athlete from Tagbilaran City lifted 73 kg. in the jerk and 95 kg. in snatch for a total of 168 kg. in her new weight category.
“I am glad to have been given the opportunity to compete here and win,” said Perez, who ruled the 48 kg. class in 2015 (Iloilo) and 2016 (South Cotabato).
Perez, an incoming third year Criminology student from the University of Bohol, was introduced to weightlifting at the age of nine by Samuel Alegada, who has won medals for the country when he was a member of the national team.
Perez has competed in Qatar (Asian Youth Championships) and China (qualifying tournament for the Nanjing Youth Olympics) in 2014. Last year, she went to Uzbekistan (Asian Junior Championships) and Japan (Asian Youth and Junior Championships).
Perez’s teammate Vanessa Sarno tallied 133 kg. (63 kg. in snatch and 70 kg. in jerk) for second place, while Ma. Nika Francisco of Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) was third with a total of 112 kg. (52 kg. in snatch and 60 kg. in jerk).
RJ Polan added three more golds for Region 7 after dominating the boys’ 44 kg. class with a total lift of 75 kg. (35 kg. in snatch and 40 kg. in jerk).
Region 9 collected 12 golds, three each from Mary Flor Diaz (women’s 48 kg.), Carlo Soriano (men’s 50 kg.), Rowel Garcia (men’s 56 kg.), and Lemon Denmark Tarro (boys’ 62 kg.).