- Today is another historic moment for the country as Philippine's weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz took a gold medal in Asian Games' weightlifting
- Diaz went ahead against Turkmenistan's Kristina Shermetova and Thailand's Surodchana Khambao on third place
- The PH champ said that in the Olympics, no one expected her to snatch a medal but in the Asian Games, everyone was expecting the other way around
Hidilyn Diaz has proven once again that her footprints in Philippine sports will surely be left in the sands of our times. The Olympic weightlifting silver medalist has now snatched the gold for Philippines' victory in weightlifting in this year's Asian Games.
KAMI learned about the amazing news a few hours ago when it broke out on social media, announcing her as the official gold medalist for Asian Games 2018 women's weightlifting category.
Diaz topped 11 other opponents from all over Asia, who similarly vied for the gold. Hidilyn totaled her feat with 207 kg, where she got 92 kg in the snatch and 115 kg in the clean and j8rk.
Turkmenistan's Kristina Shermetova finished off with 93 kg in the snatch and a failed trial to push ahead a 116 kg clean and j8rk.
Thailand's Surodchana Khambao tailed the two other bronze with a total of 201 kg.
Another Filipina, who also competed against other Asian lifters, ended on the 8th place with a total of 180 kg.
The PH team also admitted that it was indeed Shermetova whom they had to watch out for. Though, Tony Diaz and Antonio Agustin, Diaz's trainers, were confident that Hidilyn would be able to pull the 115 kg off because she has been lifting such weight in practice.
"The plan was to keep an eye on Shermatova, because the clean and j8rk is Hidilyn’s strength” Agustin said in an interview.
“Hidilyn has been lifting 115 in practice, so we were confident she would pull this one off.” They added.
Still in gratitude and bliss, Diaz is now more confident as this feat bolstered her possibility to snatch as gold in the Olympics.
"I am grateful to God that I won the gold medal that all of us Filipinos dream of. This proves the Olympic gold medal is possible.”
She also explained how her hard work and dedication combined really made it possible for her to win and not give up on the competition.
“In the Olympics, no one expected me to win a medal. Here at the Asian Games, everyone expected me to win. For two to three months, I was on the edge. I hardly gotten enough sleep. But I just kept on training and gave my fate to God.”
“I am grateful to God that He granted what all of us Filipinos have wished for,” she said. “It can be done—an Olympic gold can be won.”
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