Veronica Ompod leads PH medal conquest in powerlifting world tilt

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 28) – The Philippine powerlifting team bagged nine medals in the 2021 World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Halmstad, Sweden.

The Filipino powerlifters took home four golds, one silver, and four bronze.

The four golds all came from Veronica Ompod, who unexpectedly swept the top prizes after her opponents failed to make weight in the 43-kilogram women's junior division.

Meanwhile, Agustin Lorenzo won the silver medal in the bench press event after a lift of 147.5 kilograms.

Croatia's Kalogjera Teo clinched the gold in bench press with a sub-junior world record lift of 170 kg, while Finland's Kujala Elmeri settled for a bronze with 135 kg.

Lorenzo finished fourth overall in the total lifts of the 74-kg sub-junior division.

Jane Erasmo, who competed in her first international tournament, claimed the country's four bronzes in the 47-kg women's sub-junior division.

Erasmo had a tight battle with eventual silver medalist Petrenko Tetiana after the Ukrainian bested her in the squat, deadlift, bench press, and total scores by a margin of 2.5 kg.

The Filipina powerlifter failed to complete her first two squat attempts due to technicalities, but she eventually lifted the 85-kg squat in her third and final try.

"Veronica and Jane arrived in Halmstad just hours before their weigh-in and competition, depriving them of proper rest. Circumstances made it difficult to arrange to arrive earlier but the two young lifters still managed to put up a good performance," the Powerlifting Association of the Philippines said.