- The Filipina weightlifter’s hunt for the SEA Games gold medal is finally over after topping the 55-kilogram division in the women’s weightlifting
- She delivered a golden performance in front of the home crowd
- Her parents were also there to witness the momentous victory of the world-class weightlifter
The Philippines’ weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz finally claimed the elusive Southeast Asian Games gold medal after outclassing her opponents in front of the home crowd in Manila on December 2.
The Olympic silver medalist’s quest for the SEA Games gold medal was finally sealed after she ruled the women’s 55-kilogram division, where she made sure to enforce a huge advantage over other competitors by lifting a whopping total of 211 kilograms in the snatch and clean and jerk.
Diaz, who is the reigning Asian Games champion, lifted 91 kilograms in the snatch and 120 in the clean and jerk to surpass her Asian Games performance, where she posted a 207-performance.
Her golden performance was even made more special because her parents came to watch her liv
“This is a huge deal for me because my parents are here, and the nation watched me and now they know how intense weightlifting is and hopefully they were able to appreciate the sport,” Diaz, who has been displaying grit and dedication internationally, said in a report.
The 28-year-old Filipino athlete had been on the hunt for a SEA Games gold medal since her first stint for the country in 2007, where she bagged the silver medal.
Her search for the gold continued in the 2011 edition of the biennial, where she made a repeat of her silver-medal finish. She again failed to clinch the gold in the 2013 SEA Games, where she settled for the bronze medal.
She was once again denied a chance to finally win the gold medal in the 2017 SEA Games after host Malaysia opted out in women’s weightlifting.
This time, Diaz made sure her long hunt for that gold is finally over. “This year has been so good to me and I’ve made large progress in terms of training and technique. We’re in the right track for Tokyo 2020,” Diaz said in a report.