- Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz baged two bronze medals in a weighlifting tournament held in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday.
- Her performance will serve as a qualifier for her stint at the Tokyo Olympics.
- Despite claiming that she had a “mental block,” Diaz still expressed her gratitude after finishing the match.
MANILA, Philippines—Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz received two bronze medals in the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships held in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday.
The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist, who competed in the 55 kilogram (kg) division, clinched her first bronze in the clean and jerk with a record of 121 kg, but she landed an overall bronze finish with an overall tally (snatch with clean and jerk) of 214 kg in the women’s division.
Diaz lifted 93 kg in the snatch category, only placing eighth with doomed chances of bagging the gold.
Despite claiming that she had a “mental block,” Diaz still expressed her gratitude after finishing the match.
“That was all you, Lord. I was having a mental block. I thought 93 kgs gone over but you guided me. Thank you for what you did, Lord I’m so blessed,” she tweeted.
Liao Quiyun of China bagged two gold medals in the same category, lifting 129 kg in clean and jerk, and listing an overall score of 227 kg.
Zhang Wanqiong, on the other hand, landed on the silver spot despite bagging gold in clean and jerk.
With the development, Diaz remains on track for another Olympic berth. The performances of the Athletes in the IWF World Championships will have a significant bearing on their journey to the Olympics, being a gold level event.
The player from Zamboanga is still looking to qualify for her fourth straight stint in the Summer Games which will serve as her qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) congratulated Diaz for her performance.
“Congratulations to Ms. Hidilyn Diaz for clinching two bronze medals at the 2019 IWF WORLD Championship in Pattaya, Thailand! We are so proud of you!” PSC’s Facebook post read.
Diaz finished with a bronze and a silver medal (clean and jerk) in the 53 kg division in the 2017 weightlifting worlds. – CNN/Inquirer
— Pacific Standard