KUALA LUMPUR – Hobbling with a knee injury, Nestor Colonia faded in the weightlifting competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center here.
One of the country’s two weightlifters in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year, Colonia lifted a meager 113 kg. in the snatch and 140 kg. in the clean and jerk for a total of 254 kg. to land fifth out of six entries.
Thach Kim Tuan, the Youth Olympics gold medalist and world record-holder in the 56 kg., lifted 120 kg. in the snatch and 149 kg. in clean and jerk for a total of 260 kg. to retain the crown he won in the Myanmar SEA Games in 2013.
Surahmat Bin Suwoto Wuoy of Indonesia captured the bronze medal with 119 kg. in snatch and 148 kg. in clean and jerk for a total of 267 kg., while Witoon Mingmoon of Thailand grabbed the bronze medal with 110 kg. in snatch and 149 kg. in clean and jerk for a total of 259 kg.
“I really can’t pull it off; I’m not in perfect shape,” Colonia, who also bombed out in the Incheon Asian Games and the Summer Games, said in Filipino. “Every time I try to make a lift, my knees hurt. I’m not in good condition.”
His friend – Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz – was at the sidelines and felt the agony Colonia has been going through.
“I think he really needs to rest and then go back to his passion,” said Diaz, who hails from the same town as Colonia in Zamboanga. “He has to reflect in his down time what he really wants to be… Only he can address what needs to be addressed.”
Colonia has enough time to recuperate since the qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 is set in three month’s time.