Hidilyn Diaz faces tough field in World Weightlifting Championships

Published December 7, 2022, 1:42 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Hidilyn Diaz plunges into action against a challenging field when she competes in the women’s 55kg A in the 2022 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Bogota, Colombia Wednesday night, Dec. 7 (Thursday in Manila).

Hidilyn Diaz eyes her first world championship title in Bogota, Colombia. (MB File Photo)

Eyeing another hardware for her growing medal collection, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medalist is seeded second behind hometown bet Rosalba Morales. Both have an entry weight of 210 kg.

Morales boasts of a South American Games gold medal in Asuncion, Paraguay last October with a total lift of 201 kg. She was also a clean and jerk silver medalist at the 2018 Junior World Championships.

Though it was far from Diaz’s Olympic record of 224 kg, Morales could still pose a threat especially with the home crowd support.

Also in the lineup is Ana Gabriela Lopez of Mexico, who finished ninth in the Tokyo Games but could make heads turn particularly with the absence of some big names like reigning Asian champion Zulfiya Chinshanlo.

United States’ Shayla Moore Hutchins is also a strong contender at third seed.

Other athletes in the lineup are Chen Guang Ling of Chinese Taipei, Enkhtamir Enkhbaatar of Mongolia, Andreea Cotruta of Romania, Shoely Mabel Mego Contreras of Peru, Juliana Klarisa of Indonesia, Katrine Nim Brunh of Denmark, Irene Borrego of Mexico and Nigora Abdullaeva of Uzbekistan.

Meanwhile, Nestor Colonia finished seventh in the men’s 55kg after a total weight of 243 kg.

Thailand’s Theerapong Silachai ruled the field with gold medals in snatch (117) and clean & jerk (148) to win the gold in total with 265.

Vietnam’s Ngo Son Dinh bagged the silver with 260 while Korea’s Kim Yongho finished bronze also with 260.