HANGZHOU, China – John Febuar Ceniza fell just one medal short in the men’s weightlifting event at the 19th Asian Games on Sunday.
Ceniza lifted a total of 297 kilograms in the men’s 61kg category and finished fourth at the Xiaoshan Sports Center Gymnasium, narrowly behind bronze medalist Chungguk Kim of North Korea.
China’s Fabin Li collected a new Games record total of 310kg after hauling 143, which reset the old Asian Games mark in the snatch, and 167 in the clean and jerk.
Myongjin Pak settled for silver after combined lifts of 136 and 171 gave North Korea’s 307 total.
A strong contender for a qualification for the Paris Olympics next year, Ceniza fell one kilo short of Kim’s 298, having posted 297 overall after lifting 134 in the snatch ahead of the Cebuano’s 163 in the clean and jerk.
Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz will take center stage in the women’s 59kg on Monday, before fellow Olympian Elreen Ann Ando takes to the floor in the women’s 64kg in Tokyo.
Rosegie Ramos previously missed out on a medal after finishing fifth in the women’s 49kg.