- Weightlifter Nestor Colonia is one of the country's delegates who competed in the Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- The 24-year-old lost in the men's 56 kg division, which was criticized by a stranger on Facebook
- Colonia responded to the commenter, doubting on his knowledge about the sport
It is not easy to be an athlete when the sport that you participate in is not known by many.
That was the case of Filipino weightlifter Nestor Colonia, who responded to a critic about his loss in the Rio Olympics.
(photo credit: Colonia's Facebook account)
The 24-year-old Colonia has been previously a bronze medalist in the World Weightlifting Championship and a gold medalist in its Asian edition.
It is his first year to compete in the Olympics but failed to clinch the medal when he partook in the men's 56 kg division.
His loss has been questioned by a stranger on Facebook, who remarked that a lady was able to lift 200 kg while a man could not even carry 154 kg.
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The lady the commenter was indirectly referring to is Hidilyn Diaz, who won a silver medal after competing in the women's 53 kg weightlifting division.
Colonia responded to this stranger if he truly knows about his sport of choice. He added it might kill the person if he tried lifting 30 kilos.
The commenter also called out Colonia for not taking criticisms well, but now has deactivated his account.
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To clarify things, there is a difference between what Diaz and Colonia lifted.
The 200 kg Diaz lifted was for both types of lifts: snatch and clean and jerk. However, Colonia had to carry the 154 kg using only the clean and jerk lift.
According to Watchfit.com, the difference between the snatch and clean and jerk lifts are the following:
As per the Olympic rules, a competitor has 3 tries to complete at least one of either or both lifts to qualify for a score. The heaviest weight they have successfully lifted will be added to their official score depending on the lift required.
If they failed to complete a lift, he or she will be given a 'no lift' record and loses his or her chance to obtain a medal.
Despite his loss, Colonia remains hopeful and has already looked forward to return in the 2020 Games.-Kami Media
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