By Waylon Galvez
Margaret Colonia surpassed expectations when she captured the silver medal in 59kg women’s category in weightlifting competition in the 30th Southeast Asian games Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila.
Colonia had a total lift of 189kg, 83kg in snatch and 189kg in clean and jerk, for second place behind gold medalist Thi Duyen Hoang of Vietnam with 210kg, while Indonesia’s Putri Andriana took the bronze with 177kg.
Although she missed out on the gold medal, Colonia considers it a memorable experience since this marked her first SEA Games.
“Sobrang saya kasi bago ko nakuha to ang dami kong naging sakripisyo at ang daming pinagdaanan,” said Colonia, who had to stop on her studies to focus on her training last year.
Colonia joined the national team as a 14-year-old promising weightlifter back in 2013. Although it was a tough climb for her, she said it was all worth it as she finally won a medal.
Through the encouragement and inspirations given by Olympian teammates Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia – her cousin – Colonia said she would continue to train to make it to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“Silang dalawa yung naging inspirasyon ko, sila yung nagtuto sa akin ng tamang style. Sana sa 2024 Olympics makapag-qualify ako,” said Colonia, now a second year college at Zamboanga Institute of Aviation and Technology.
The silver medal of Colonia was the second of its color for the weightlifting team after John Fabuar Ceniza placed second in 55kg men’s division.
Diaz won her first SEA Games gold medal in the 55kg category last Monday, while her cousin Mary Flor Diaz placed third in the 45kg women’s division.
Still to see action in weightlifting are Nestor Colonia (67kg), Elreen Ann Ando (64kg) and Kristel Macrohon (71kg).