PH powerlifter fails to win medal at Paralympics


Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta failed to give the Philippines another medal at the Rio Paralympics.

Dumapong-Ancheta’s best effort in the women’s +86kg competition on Wednesday at the Riocentro Pavilion 2 was not good enough.

“I lifted as best as I could but it wasn’t good enough for a good lift,” said the 42-year-old Dumapong-Ancheta in a message posted on her Facebook account.

“It is a challenge for me to work harder at my sport and have a go at it again in the next competition’s. I am very thankful for the outpouring of support from family, friends, acquaintances near and far,” she added.

Nigerian Josephine Orji claimed the gold medal in 154kg. She lifted 160kg to set a new world record and Paralympics record.

Marzena Zieba of Poland bagged the silver medal with a lift of 134kg while Melaica Tuinfort of The Netherlands lifted 130kg to pocket the bronze medal.

Dumapong-Ancheta delivered the Philippines’ first medal in the Paralympics when she won the bronze medal in the women’s -82.5kg division in Sydney, Australia. She was a silver medalist at the 2014 Asian Para Games at the +86 kg event in Incheon, South Korea.

Dumapong-Ancheta was born in Kiangan, Ifugao to a family of six children. She was diagnosed with polio at the age of six.



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