Elreen Ann Ando made a valiant effort in her Olympic debut, but she fell short of the podium in the Women’s 64kg weightlifting event at the 2020 Tokyo Games held at Tokyo International Forum on Tuesday, July 27.
Ando, the heir apparent to Hidilyn Diaz’s reign, did exceptionally well in her division, finishing seventh with a total lift of 222 kg.
Ando cleared 96kg in her first attempt in the snatch, but failed in her 99kg lift in the second.
The talented Filipina weightlifter snatched 100 kg and cleaned and jerked 122 kg. She was in contention for third place at one time throughout the competition before sliding out of the top three.
Ando won two silver medals and one bronze medal at the Asian Weightlifting Championships, propelling her to her first Olympic berth via regional allocation.
Ando joins a growing list of Filipino competitors who have dropped out of medal contention.
Canada’s Maude Charron took home the gold with a total lift of 236kg, while Italy’s Giorgia Bordignon bagged the silver (232kg), and Chinese-Taipei’s Chen Wen-Huei settled for the bronze (230kg).