DUMAGUETE CITY – Records fell in weightlifting, 30 to be exact, in the second POC-PSC National Games Friday here.
Zamboanga City’s Jeffrey Garcia led the record-breakers at the Lamberto Macias Sports lobby after topping the Open, Secondary and Junior categories and broke a total of nine records in snatch and clean and jerk.
Officials said the 23-year old Garcia’s new marks in snatch and clean and jerk in three divisions were separate records.
His 114kg lift in snatch, 153kg in clean and jerk and 267kg total improved the previous record of 105-130-230 in juniors, 105-118-213 in secondary and 113-140-253 in Open which he all established.
Ellen Rose Perez, also from Zamboanga, set new mark in the secondary girls after lifting 48kg, erasing the old 45kg record while Maybelyn Pablo also shattered an old record in open women’s division with an 83kg lift. The previous mark in that category was 76kg.
Olympian Hidilyn Diaz earlier set a new mark in the open women with a 96-123-219 that topped her previous record of 95-122-217.
Asian Games veteran Nestor Colonia also recorded a new mark in the 56kg Open and Junior divisions with a lift of 148 in clean and jerk for a 263 total to improve his previous 140-250. He also had 263 total in Open to erase his old 258 mark.
Marko Llena had 86kg lift in youth 62-kg category to top his own 85k mark while Martin Patinio talled 110-145-255 in the collegiate 52kg division to eclipse his own 107-131-238 mark.
Lea Ruth Llena of San Antonio Montessori also posted new record in the secondary girls 52kg class with 73-86-159 mark to shatter her previous 70-85-155 record.
Angelica Lado also set a new mark in the women open 64-kg category with a lift of 81-102-183 to topple the old 80-101-180 mark.
Philippine Weightlifting Federation (PWF) president Monico Puentevella was delighted with the new marks though it cost him a relative sum of money.
“Every record, P500 ng P500 ‘yan. That’s what I promised to them,” said Puentevella. “That came from my own money.”