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Lifter Sarno unfazed by higher weight category, elbow injury

Rising weightlifting star Vanessa Sarno hopes to be fully recovered from her elbow injury when she plunges into action in a higher weight category in the women’s competitions of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

The 19-year-old Sarno will have enough time to bounce back after she hurt her left elbow while seeing action in the IWF World Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last week.

“Okay naman. Nagre-recover naman ako. Babalik ulit ako sa training,” said Sarno before heading for China to compete in the Asiad.

Sarno, an Asian and world junior champion from Tagbilaran, Bohol, won’t be seeing action in the women’s 71-kg class this time, because the event won’t be featured when action starts on Sept. 30.

Vanessa Sarno

Instead, Sarno will go up to 76 kgs.

“Hindi mahirap mag-adjust sa weight class dahil hindi naman siya catchweight,” she added.

Sarno failed to complete her clean and jerk attempts in the Saudi meet after injuring her elbow as a result of a mistake in her lift during one of her preparations in the clean and jerk of the women’s 71kg division.

Before competing in Saudi Arabia, Sarno swept all three gold medals in the World Juniors Championships in New Delhi, India.

Sarno also won the women’s 71-kg. gold in record fashion in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games weightlifting competitions in Cambodia.

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