- Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz ruled the 55kg division of the Roma World Cup in Italy
- She clinched three gold medals in the world cup which is an Olympic Qualifying Tournament
- Her win marks her first-ever gold medal in the World Cup
Filipina top weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz inches closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after bagging three gold medals in the Roma 2020 Weightlifting World Cup in Italy.
The Rio Olympics silver medalist dominated the snatch, clean and jerk, and the 55kg division of the world cup, clinching three gold medals to boost her bid to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 28-year-old weightlifter, according to a report, ruled the competition held on January 28 after lifting a total of 212 kgs off a 93-kg lift in the snatch event and a 119-kg left in the clean and jerk. Ukraine’s Kamila Konotop settled for the silver medal with 196kg while Tunisia’s Nouha Landoulsi bagged the bronze with 194kg.
It was bared that it was Diaz’s first gold medal in the world stage where she previously bagged the bronze medal in 2017 and 2019. She also won the Asian Games in Indonesia last year before ruling the 30th Southeast Asian Games in December 2019.
Diaz is currently at the no. 5 in the International Weightlifting Federation world ranking with a total points of 3.632.0672, which is expected to improved with her latest victory.
Diaz has been sharing her intense training through her social media accounts where she openly talks about her plans to advance to the Tokyo Olympics this year. She posted a footage of her training before competing in Rome as she expressed: “We are finally in Roma Italy for my five out of six Olympic Qualifying competition towards Tokyo 2020.”