Hidilyn Diaz eyes medal for Team PHI in world weightlifting championships
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 21, 2017 06:04 PM
( AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Three-time Olympian Hidilyn Diaz is hard at work to represent the Philippines for the upcoming International Weightlifitng Federation World Championships set next week.
The 2016 Olympic silver medalist has been on a tough grind leading up to the meet, and she's been hitting the gym daily in the hopes of making a return trip to the Olympic stage.
2016 Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz now in the US preparing for next week’s International Weightlifing World Championship in Anaheim. 🇵🇭💪🏼🏋🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/sI8WtHN3aV— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) November 21, 2017
Alongside her is 21-year-old Kristel Macrohon, who took home a bronze medal for the Philippines last September from the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in, Turkmenistan
Strong outings from the Filipincas can help them secure points needed to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
According to their coach Tony Agustin, focusing on their training is key to help the lifters achieve their peak performance.
"We’re focusing on what they’re going to do to perform. Yung Target naman natin is to achieve yung goal namin [and] makuha nila yung highest performances talaga," Agustin shared.
Diaz, 26, took home bronze in the 2015 championships in Houston, Texas and she’s confident that she can climb up the podium this year.
"Siyempre ibang level to. World championship to at tsaka 'yung expectation and pressure mahirap," she bared. "Pero kinakaya."
Diaz is set to compete 53-kilogram category on November 30th, while Macrohon takes the 69-kilo platform on December 2nd at the Anaheim convention center in California.
With a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau.