Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about weightlifter Elreen Ando

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Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Elreen Ando/Facebook)
Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Elreen Ando/Facebook)
  • Elreen Ando is the second Filipina weightlifter to represent the country in the Tokyo Olympics behind the bemedalled Hidilyn Diaz.

Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando. (Photo: Elreen Ando/Facebook)
Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando. (Photo: Elreen Ando/Facebook)
  • She clinched an Olympic berth through a continental allocation after emerging as the highest-ranked athlete in the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Absolute Ranking list for the women’s 64kg event in Asia.

Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando. (Photo: Elreen Ando/Facebook)
Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando. (Photo: Elreen Ando/Facebook)
  • She was scouted in the University of Cebu, where she caught the attention of weightlifting coach Garry Toleno.

Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando. (Photo: Elreen Ando/Facebook)
Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando. (Photo: Elreen Ando/Facebook)
  • In the Tokyo Games buildup, she captured two silvers and a bronze in the 2021 Asian Weightlifting Championships.

Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission/Facebook)
Filipino weightlifter Elreen Ando. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission/Facebook)
  • She is the 11th athlete of the Philippines to book a trip to the Summer Games.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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