September 22, 2019
Asian Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz won two bronze medals late Friday night in the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships at the Eastern National Training Sports Center in Pattaya, Thailand.
Diaz, 28, secured the medals in the women’s 55 kilograms (kg) for lifting 93 kg in snatch and 121 kg in clean and jerk, for a 214-kg total, and for finishing third overall in the event.
The weightlifter from Zamboanga City landed eighth in the snatch.
The latest feats of the 2016 Olympic silver medalist had strengthened her qualifying bid for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
“If you watched her, she has two failed initial attempts, but was able to lift her opener on third attempt,” Diaz’s nutritionist Jeaneth Aro, who accompanied Diaz to the tournament, told The Manila Times in an online interview on Saturday.
“But coming from that setback, she was able to bounce back and did great in her clean and jerk sets,” Aro said, noting that they were happy with her performance.
“Overall we were very happy with her performance despite our plans not panning out. We were happy because it only showed us how a tough and an experienced athlete she is, knowing that most who experienced the same will just fall off the competition,” she added.
Two Chinese — Liao Qiuyun and Zhang Wanqiong — finished first and second, respectively, in Diaz’s weight class.
Qiuyun pocketed the gold medal with a leading total lift of 227 kg, highlighted by 129 kg lift in clean and jerk and was second in snatch with 98 kg.
Wanqiong got the silver medal after registering a total lift of 222 kg on top of finishing No. 1 in snatch with 99 kg and second in clean and jerk with 123 kg.
Aro believes that Diaz was on track in her Olympic qualifying bid.
“Definitely, she might be bronze in this tourney, but China can only send one representative per category [to the Olympics]. So, technically we are second in the running for the Tokyo Olympics.”
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