Hidilyn Diaz : Parang ayaw ko na pong mag-retire
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 11, 2016 07:44 PM
"GUSTO KO GOLD NA." Hidilyn Diaz just destroyed claims of her Olympic retirement. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Despite earlier accounts of her plans on throwing in the weightlifting towel, the Olympic silver medalist made a fortunate turn, now eyeing gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"Parang ayaw ko pa mag-retire. Tokyo po. Kaya ko po kung susuportahan ako," the 25-year old said.
"Siguro hindi na ako papayag na silver lang. Gusto ko gold na," Diaz added.
Diaz was just a wildcard pick at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Then 17-years old, the weighlifter from Zamboanga showed potential, especially at her young age.
In the 2012 Olympics in London, Hidilyn, then 21, was the proud flagbearer for the Philippines. But the competition would turn out to be much tougher as she finished 12th among the competing 19.
But with her success in Rio, the gravity of her love for weighlifting draws her in even deeper.
"Parang ayoko na pong mag-retire. Ngayon pa lang, nami-miss ko na ang pagbubuhat," she said.
Moreover, it looks like her past losses in the Olympics were only able to motivate her to improve for a podium finish.
"Bawing bawi. Ginawa ko siyang experience at dun ako nabubuhay sa mga pagkakamali ko," Diaz said on her past losses.
She also made clear that the cash incentive she will receive is just a bonus, an addition to the honor of representing the Philippines in an international stage.
"Di ako humahabol sa ganung kalaking pera. Mairepresent lang ang country talaga," she bared.
Onwards 2020, only has two things on her mind after returning home:
"Bakasyon muna, after that mag-training na kasi namimiss ko na maghawak ng barbel."