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Ramos headed for Paris Olympics

ROSEGIE Ramos puts a foot in the Paris Olympics after a strong performance in the IWF World Cup in Phuket, Thailand. | Photograph courtesy of YKS Media

Rosegie Ramos took a giant step towards the Paris Olympics following a strong performance in the women’s 49-kilogram category of the IWF World Cup in Phuket, Thailand last Monday.

The 20-year-old Ramos lifted 87 kgs in snatch and 103 kgs in clean and jerk for a total lift of 190 kgs in the tournament that serves as the final qualifier for the Summer Games in Paris that will open on 26 July.

She bested Ana Lopez Ferrer of Mexico who tallied a total lift of 187 kgs behind a snatch of 87 kgs and a clean and jerk of 100 kgs in the 11-woman tournament.

Ramos’ best lift so far in the qualification period is at 191 kgs last December in the IWF Grand Prix II in Doha last December.

Right now, Ramos is at No. 9 in the Olympic ranking of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). Only the 10 lifters will be given berths in Paris, giving Ramos a handsome chance to join the elite group of Filipinos in the biggest, most prestigious sports conclave in the world.

But Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella refused to declare Ramos as the seventh member of Team Philippines, saying that the world-governing body still has to compute the total points earned by other lifters based on the qualifying events they joined in.

The IWF will announce the list of Olympic qualifiers after the cut-ff date on 28 April.

“Not yet,” Puentevella told Daily Tribune in a telephone conversation.

“Although Rosegie is already in the top 10, the IWF still has to compute the ranking points once everything is over. They will also scratch the competitors representing the same country in line with their ‘one country, one athlete’ policy.”

Puentevella said the Olympic spot is already in the bag.

“It’s already sure,” he said.

“But again, we have to wait for official announcement from the IWF because they still have to compute the points when everything is already done.”

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), however, was quick to congratulate Ramos for making it to the Olympics.

“Your had work, dedication, and perseverance have paid off and we couldn’t be prouder of your achievements,” said the POC in a social media post.

“Your journey to Paris is an inspiration to us all, showcasing the strength and determination of Filipino athletes on the global stage. Keep shining bright, Rosegie. The entire nation is behind you as you continue your Road to Paris.”

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