Dumapong-Ancheta captures bronze in Asian Para Games
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.