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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Repost: Hidilyn Diaz Gives the Philippines A Silver Medal in Rio

Image courtesy of www.rappler.com

Source: www.rappler.com

On the third try, she finally did it. And all past disappointments became worth it.

Hidilyn Diaz made history for the Philippines, ending the country's 20-year Olympic medal drought by securing a silver medal in the women's 53-kg weightlifting division of the 2016 Summer Games on Sunday, August 7 (Monday morning, August 8 in Manila) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Diaz, a native of Zamboanga City, became the first female athlete to win an Olympic medal for the Philippines. She was also the first Filipino to medal in weightlifting, and the first non-boxer to medal from the Philippines since 1936.

The 25-year-old, a bronze medalist in the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships and a gold medal winner in Asia, recorded a total weight of 200 kg.

In the snatch event, Diaz failed to lift two of her 3 attempts and tallied just 88 kg for 6th place in a tough field led by China and Chinese Taipei.

But Diaz, looking very comfortable and optimistic on the platform, recovered in the clean and jerk lift, successfully lifting 111 kg in the first attempt and then a 112 kg lift in her second attempt. She failed to clear 117 kg on her third attempt.

A series of unfortunate lifts befell the favored Li Yajun of China, who was a frontrunner in the snatch and was gunning for the gold. She failed to clear any of her 3 attempts at the clean and jerk, opening the door for Diaz to grab the silver instead of the bronze.

Chinese-Taipei's Hsu Shu-Ching won the gold with a total weight of 212 kg while Korea's Yoon Jin Hee took the bronze with 199 kg.

With this triumph, Diaz goes full circle since she first competed in the Games as a teenager – and a wildcard entry – 8 years ago.

Diaz’s road to Rio began in 2014, after a rough year of dealing with losing her trusted coach, her boyfriend, and a string of subpar performances compounded by a lifestyle she eventually deemed dissatisfying.

She picked up the pieces in 2015 and opened her mind to proper diet, strength and conditioning, and dropping body weight the proper way.

A 58-day training camp in China capped off Diaz’s preparations for these Games. Heading to Brazil, Diaz was confident and determined to make her last Olympic run count.

And now it does.

Diaz said prior to the Rio Olympics that she planned to leave the Air Force and accept a scholarship at Lindenwood University in Missouri, USA.– Rappler.com

23 comments:

  1. Galing mo Hidilyn! Mabuhay!

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  2. Congrats! Mabuhay ka at ng Pilipinas!

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  3. Congrats! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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  4. "On the 3rd try, she finally did it." -Pumi-PIA ah! Good job girl! Congratulations!

    Another pride from Mindanao. One of the firsts from Mindanao. Ms. Universe Pia, Pres. Duterte & now Olympic silver medalist Hildilyn Diaz!

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    1. OO NGA NO.. MAKALIPAT NA NGA SA MINDANAO.. HEHEHE

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  5. congrats! we are proud of you!

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  6. way to go girl!!!!

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  7. Congrats Ms. DIAZ!! You are our inspiration! We are so proud of you!

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  8. Congrats you become an inspiration to the pilipines. I'm sure that's the only medal the pilipines can take home pero better than nothing

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    1. CongratulatioNs Hidilyn! Hopefully our government will allocate more budget to support the development of filipino athletes. I do think filipinos have the talent but lacks the necessary financial support to hone their skills.

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  9. Mabuhay ka! We're proud of you.

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  10. Ang konti ng atleta sa Pilipinas, to think na populated ang mga gym ha, daming ang lalaki ng katawan. Tapos ang daming claim na athletic daw sila, athletic ang lifestyle pero hindi ang motivation. (No I am not one of those!)

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  11. Thank u and congrats

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  12. Cogratulations..Mighty proud of you.

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  13. Eto dapat iniidolo nyo di yang mga pabebe

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    1. Paki mo ba? Mas nagpapakilig samin idol namin eh.

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    2. Wow as if d nalagay pinas sa guieniess records dahil sa idol namin.

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    3. Bakit marunong ka pa kung sino ang dapat idolohin ng iba? Paki mo ba 6:40? Pinapakialaman ka ba?

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  14. Sa totoo lang, NAIYAK ako dito. Sobrang PROUD ako. Congrats!

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  15. Congratulations Hidilyn!Bilib ako sa mindset at determination mo...hindi madali ang maging atletang Pinoy dahil kulang na kulang kayo sa suporta!
    Mabuhay ka!

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