Olympian weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins online meet

Published July 30, 2020, 10:01 PM

by Waylon Galvez

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Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz dominates the 59kg division in an online event Eleiko Email International Lifters Tournament held July 24 and 25. (MB File Photo)

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz continues to give the country honor as she dominated the 59kg division of the online Eleiko Email International Lifters Tournament held July 24 and 25.

Diaz, silver medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics, had a total lift of 216kgs after submitting 95kgs in snatch and 121kgs in clean and jerk in the inaugural online tournament after majority of actual meets had been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Diaz edged Australia’s Fatima Yakubu, who had a lift of 183kgs, and South Africa’s Johanni Taljaard, who finished with 188kgs in the division participated in by 47 other weightlifters.

“Nakita namin nanalo ako,” said Diaz in a message to Manila Bulletin.

“Hindi ko in-expect na manalo kasi hindi ko kilala mga kalaban ko. Basta para sakin, I need to do my best and to prepare para motivated pa rin ako mag-training towards the Tokyo Olympics.

“Mahirap maghanap ng motivation kung walang goals na nilu-look forward. Siguro yun is panalo, bonus na lang… for me to continue training despite na nasa pandemic tayo.”

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July 27,2020 ⠀ I was supposed to compete today in #Tokyo2020, I already imagined the crowd would be full of Filipinos cheering for my win in Olympics but because of the Covid-19 Pandemic the Olympics was moved to July 23-Aug 8,2021 that imagination got blurred. It was a good thing oceania weightlifting and @eleikosport Organized an email competition called the Eleiko International Email Competition, I don’t know the results yet but Im grateful that I competed in this event, I was able to prepare and set my mind to it. ⠀ I want to thank my support system #TeamHD for not leaving me during the pandemic, I was lost and had no direction in my life. Thank you for pushing me to my limit and insisting to fight even though the battle will be longer. I know you all sacrificed a lot, thank you for being there. Coach Gao, Coach @imjulius @coachjeanetharo and Dr. @budst ⠀ Thank you @janius5.11 and the Wilayah Wipers for letting us train during the duration of our stay here in Malaysia, for understanding that as an elite athlete and in contention for the Olympics I need to stay prepared. Thank you for preparing the platform, gym, and with the support system of Wipers Weightlifters. Thank you for making me feel at home. ⠀ Thank you @phil.sportscommission for continuously supporting us, the Filipino athletes #SWP for supporting me and #TeamHD @mvpsportsfoundation for being there always and for supporting Teamhd @usanapilipinas @underarmoursoutheastasia ⠀ Thanks to Coach @imjulius for the video HD logo and TeamHD: @neilvfernando ⠀ #LabanPilipinas #LabanHidilyn #TeamHD #SamahangWeightliftingngPilipinas #Underarmourph #philippines #filipino #Olympicweightlifting #Tokyo2021 #roadtotokyo2021 #weightlifting #weightlifter #oly #iwf #hookgrip #weightliftinghouse #atg #olympiclifting #snatch #halterofilia #strengthandconditioning #crossfit #hookgrip #atg #cleanandjerk #olympics

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The reigning women’s Asian Games (53kg) and Southeast Asian Games (55kg) champion is still in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she had been training since late February.

The coronavirus pandemic cancelled almost all the events of international weightlifting, including the Asian Championships where Diaz was set to compete in as her final Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Diaz is currently No. 5 in the 55kg women’s category in world ranking with 3,717.0982 points behind four Chinese weightlifters in Jiang Huihua (4,667.8878), Liao Qiuyun (4,288.9622), Zhang Wangqiong (4,212.6639) and Li Yajun (4,099.0223).

To qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, which has been pushed next year, Diaz only needs to enter her sixth and last OQT to book a second straight Olympic stint.