HANOI—Make little question about it, Hidilyn Diaz is tracing her steps again to the Olympics. Never thoughts the underwhelming efficiency with which she secured her second Southeast Asian Games gold medal on Friday right here.
The nation’s first and solely Olympic champion admitted her displaying “wasn’t good,” however she’s pleased with it. After all it was simply step one on her means again to the top of sporting glory.
“For me it’s okay. I’m happy to be back. I’m happy to be back again and train, and you know to be in competition again,” mentioned Diaz moments after handing Team Philippines the gold within the girls’s weightlifting 55-kilogram towards a Thai opponent who tried to spoil all of it for her.
Rio de Janeiro Olympiad 48kg champion Sanikun Tanasan was flinging the barbell excessive up in snatch the place she led Diaz, 93-92, in a showdown of Olympic queens.
Diaz first surpassed the SEA Games snatch report of 91kg by one kilo. But Tanasan, going up from her weight class simply to offer Diaz a run for her cash, lifted 93kg to reset it once more.
Diaz tried 94kg however failed. Around this time, the overflow crowd at Hanoi Sports Palace had been getting jittery.
Not Diaz, although.
“I was really confident because we’ve been studying my opponent so we know she’s strong in snatch but in clean and jerk, no,” she mentioned.
Her assist squad, often known as Team HD, proved right in its projection as Tanasan opted to start out in clear and clear at 104kg, means under Diaz’s 114kg. The Thai managed to raise till 110kg however couldn’t make up the three-kilogram distinction and settled for silver.
Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella mentioned that although they’ve lined up younger lifters for the long run, the 31-year-old Diaz “will remain the Philippine weightlifting’s heart and soul.”
“Of course I don’t want to downplay the competition, I always want to do my best, she’s an Olympic (gold) medalist, we just have to strategize everything,” mentioned Diaz. She even took a shot at a Games’ report of 121kg however didn’t make it.
Diaz accomplished the golden run with lifts of 92kg in snatch, 114kg in snatch and jerk for her 206 whole, besting Tanasan (93kg-110kg-203kg) and Malaysian Natasya Beteyob (84kg-104kg-188kg).
“I’m happy even if I lost in snatch and happy that I am here again,” mentioned Diaz, who bared she battled with COVID-19 final January. “I’m thankful that I recovered and I was able to do my best, even though the total was not good, my performance was but I’m happy (with it).”
Just like each athlete eyeing the 2024 Summer Games, Diaz mentioned the SEA Games was “part of my journey to Paris. I want to win the gold medal again in Paris.”
And she’s nicely on her approach to that objective.
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