Olympian Hidilyn Diaz medals twice at World Championships, vows even better finish for coming tourneys

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 01, 2017 02:08 PM
Olympian Hidilyn Diaz medals twice at World Championships
Hidilyn Diaz bagged two medals in weightlifting world championships. (Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles via Twitter @StevieAngeles)

2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz fell short of striking gold, but managed to snatch a pair of medals at the International Weightlifting World Championships in Anaheim, California.

The Zamboanga City native took home silver after lifting 113 kilograms in the clean and jerk category and the bronze for the total lifts.

Even with her performance, however, Diaz admitted that she still has a lot to work on, and was just glad to prove to herself that she can still deliver in an international meet.

"I did my best but hindi pa ['yun] 'yung best ko. Marami pa dapat ma-improve sa akin but I’m so grateful [sa] naging kinalabasan ng laro ko," Diaz told Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News. "Nagawa ko at napatunayan ko ulit sa sarili ko na kaya ko."

Diaz fell short in her opening 85-kilogram lift, but she bounced back in the clean and jerk category by pushing her tally way up to 113 for a shot at the medal.

More than physical training, Diaz did find out what she needs more work on.

"Medyo wala ko sa condition pero it’s okay, wala ako sa focus so ayun, medyo nagdoubt ako sarili ko so kailangan ko itrain lang utak ko," she said.

With her stellar performance, Diaz vows for an even better outing in the coming Asian Games in Palembang and Jakarta, Indonesia this 2018, and ultimately, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

"Marami pa ako gusto Gawin gusto ko pa mas malakas ako pero siguro iwanan na natin for asian Games, Tokyo 2020. I will surprise you," she said. "Mahaba pa panahon. This is the beginning kayang kaya yan tiwala lang."

Aside from proving herself that she can still lift with the best, Diaz also conquered Chinese Taipei's Hsu Shu-Ching, the gold medalist last 2016 in Rio.

Thailand's Sopita Tanasan brought home the World Championship.

The Asian Games will take place this August, giving the Diaz some time to re-rack, refocus, and set her sights on heavier goals.

With a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News, North American Bureau. 

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