Dumapong-Ancheta cap­tures bronze in Asian Para Games

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POWERLIFTER Ade­line DumapongAncheta de­liv­ered an­other bronze medal for Team Philip­pines at the 2018 Asian Para Games in In­done­sia on Thurs­day.

Dumapong-Ancheta lifted 107kgs on her sec­ond at­tempt to fin­ish third among five en­tries in the women's over 86kg com­pe­ti­tion held at the Balai Sudirman Hall in Jakarta.

South Korean Lee Hyung-Jung erased the 115kgs record she set four years ago in In­cheon to win the gold medal while In­done­sian Sriyanti Sriyanti set­tled for the silver medal.

Lee and Sriyanti both lifted 118kgs but the gold was awarded to the South Korean, who has a body weight of 102.90kgs com­pared to the In­done­sian, who weighed 106.20kgs.

"I am very happy with my bronze medal. It was a very good match. I was the old­est lifter in my cat­e­gory and I have seen most of the lifters when they were just start­ing and seen how they have got­ten stronger over the years. Nakakatuwa at nakaka­pres­sure at the same time. They have their youth on their side and I have ex­pe­ri­ence on my side. I am not get­ting any younger and com­pe­ti­tion is get­ting tougher pero mukhang may ibubuga pa na­man," said 44-year-old ath­lete from Kian­gan town in Ifu­gao prov­ince in an on­line in­ter­view on Fri­day.

"Tig­nan natin hang­gang saan ako abutin. Dadagda­gan ko pa ang sipag at tiyaga sa gym. I would have wanted to of­fer our coun­try an­other gold medal but it's not meant to be this time," said DumapongAncheta, who also won the bronze 10 years ago in Guangzhou, China. In 2014, she got the silver.

"Masaya ako na meron akong maliit na con­tri­bu­tion sa medal stand­ing ng Team Philip­pines dito sa Asian Para Games. Masayang masaya ako na madami na kam­ing para-ath­letes na lumal­a­ban ngayon. Ang bawat panalo ng am­ing atleta ay panalo ng bawat Pilipino lalo na ng may Ka­pansanang Pilipino," added Dumapong-Ancheta, who con­tracted po­lio at the age of three.

Af­ter the Asian Para Games, DumapongAncheta said she will fo­cus on qual­i­fy­ing for the 2020 Tokyo Par­a­lympics.

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