Hidilyn Diaz catches silver, first PH Olympic decoration in 20 years

Hidilyn Diaz turns into the main female competitor to win an Olympic award for the Philippines

epa05462511 Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines competes during the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Hidilyn Diaz makes historical past as a silver medalist for the Philippines on the Rio Olympics.

MANILA, Philippines, On the third attempt, she lastly did it. And all previous disappointments grew to become price it.

Hidilyn Diaz made historical past for the Philippines, ending the nation’s 20-year Olympic medal drought by securing a silver medal within the ladies’s 53-kg weightlifting division of the 2016 Summer season Games on Sunday, August 7 (Monday morning, August 8 in Manila) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Diaz, a local of Zamboanga Metropolis, became the primary feminine athlete to win an Olympic medal for the Philippines. She was additionally the primary Filipino to medal in weightlifting, and the primary non-boxer to medal from the Philippines since 1936.

The 25-yr-previous, a bronze medalist within the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships and a gold medal winner in Asia, recorded a complete weight of 200 kg.

Within the snatch occasion, Diaz did not carry two of her three makes an attempt and tallied simply 88 kg for sixth place in a troublesome subject led by China and Chinese language Taipei.

However Diaz, wanting very comfy and optimistic on the platform, recovered within the clear and jerk elevate, efficiently lifting 111 kg within the first try after which a 112 kg raise in her second try. She didn’t clear 117 kg on her third try.

A sequence of unlucky lifts befell the favored Li Yajun of China, who was a frontrunner within the snatch and was gunning for the gold. She didn’t clear any of her three makes an attempt on the clear and jerk, opening the door for Diaz to seize the silver as an alternative of the bronze.

Chinese language-Taipei’s Hsu Shu-Ching received the gold with a complete weight of 212 kg whereas Korea’s Yoon Jin Hee took the bronze with 199 kg.

With this triumph, Diaz goes full circle since she first competed within the Video games as a youngster – and a wildcard entry – eight years in the past.

Diaz’s street to Rio started in 2014, after a tough 12 months of coping with shedding her trusted coach, her boyfriend, and a string of subpar performances compounded by a life-style she ultimately deemed dissatisfying.

She picked up the items in 2015 and opened her thoughts to correct eating regimen, power and conditioning, and dropping physique weight the right approach.

A fifty eight-day coaching camp in China capped off Diaz’s preparations for these Video games. Heading to Brazil, Diaz was assured and decided to make her final Olympic run depend.

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