Hidilyn Diaz confident making weight in time for SEA Games

Mark Escarlote on Nov 05, 2019 04:38 PM
Hidilyn Diaz confident making weight in time for SEA Games
Mataas po ang timbang ko eh, nasa 59 po ako. So kailangan kong mag-drop by next week ng 58 something ako tapos after that 57 so OK na ako -- Hidilyn Diaz

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz is optimistic that she’ll be able to make weight come her competition in the 30th Southeast Asian Games a month from now.

The Rio Olympics silver medalist will remain in the women’s 55 kilogram class but will need to shed at least four kilograms for the biennial meet’s event slated to begin on December 1 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.  

“Mataas po ang timbang ko eh, nasa 59 (kilograms) po ako. So kailangan kong mag-drop by next week ng 58 something ako tapos after that 57 so OK na ako,” said Diaz on Tuesday during the launch of Summit natural drinking water’s #ThirstForTheWin campaign at the Century Park Hotel.  

Diaz, who won the gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games and is on the right track for another Olympic stint in Tokyo next year, believes that if she reaches 57 kilograms within two weeks, it will be easier to reach the required weight and perform at her best.

“Habang nagda-drop ka ng weight kailangan mo ng good performance so doon na papasok ang sport nutritionist. Pagdating kasi ng laro lalo na kung crucial ang laro tapos nag-drop ka ng masyadong drastic na drop ang performance mo wala na. Talagang magku-kwestyun ka sa sarili mo ‘Kaya ko pa ba ito?’” said Diaz, who won bronze in the 2019 world championship. “’Yun ang hinahabol ko talaga, mag-drop ng weight and at the same time performing well.”

Diaz, who is currently ranked 5th in her weight class, is set to fly to Taiwan for a 23-day training camp as her preparation for the SEA Games, which she targets to lift 95 kgs. in snatch and 120 kg. in the clean and jerk.  

The lifter has yet to win a gold medal in the SEA Games. She debuted in the regional meet back in 2005 in Bacolod during the country’s last hosting stint where she at the age of 15 finished fifth in five entries.

Diaz is currently lifting 90 kgs. in snatch and 115 kgs. in clean and jerk in training.

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