INCHEON, South Korea — Nestor Colonia had to settle for peanuts instead of a full meal before competing because of the late delivery of food by organizers, and the Filipino weightlifter feels it greatly affected his performance on Saturday in the Asian Games.
Colonia failed to record an official lift in the snatch in the men’s 56kg event.
The Filipino weightlifter said instead of 4 p.m., the food provided by organizers came in at 6:45 p.m., just 15 minutes before the competition started.
All competitors were affected by the late arrival of food and while several other teams brought their own meals, Colonia had to settle for peanuts.
Coach Gregorio Colonia said the lack of energy of his nephew showed in the event as he failed to lift 120kg. in all three of his tries in the snatch, disqualifying him for the clean-and-jerk.
“Dapat kakain siya ng 5 p.m. pero late dumating. Parang mahina ang balikat niya,” said Gregorio, in an interview immediately after the event.
“Kayang-kaya niya ’yung 120 kasi 125 ang personal best niya.”
Nestor was seeking at least a bronze medal as he competed against the best in the world including Olympic champion Om Yunchol of North Korea.
“Magaan lang naman ’yung 120 pero hindi ko nabuhat. Wala namang kaba. ’Yung pagkain lang namin, na-late. Dumating na malapit na ang laro. Para sa lahat po ’yung pagkain pero ’yung iba, nakadala ng pagkain. Hindi na ako nakakain,” said the younger Colonia.
Nestor Colonia was obviously disappointed with the finish but he vows to train harder while also apologizing to the Filipino people for his poor performance.
“Hindi ko po in-expect na ma-zero ako kasi matagal ako nag-training tapos ganito lang. Kasi magaan lang naman ’yun pero hindi ko nabuhat,” said Colonia.
“Pasensya na po sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa akin dahil hindi ko nagawa,” he added.