The historic win of Hidilyn Diaz at the Tokyo Olympics arguably remains fresh in people’s minds. The athlete has proven herself again in the 31st Southeast Asian Games as she brought home another gold for the Philippines.
In the women’s 55kg category, Diaz tallied a total lift of 206kg, which was 3kg ahead of second-running Sanikun Tanasan of Thailand. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Natasya Beteyob ended in the third spot with a lift of 188kgs.
The Filipina weightlifter said that her journey toward the upcoming 2024 Olympics begins in the SEA Games, so this win was important to her. She added, ‘Masaya ako na nandito ako ulit ako sa SEA Games, na i-represent ang Pilipinas.’
Diaz pointed out that she struggled with training due to her busy schedule after the Tokyo Olympics. She also explained that her team studied her opponent. She continued, ‘But of course, we cannot downplay the competition. I always do my best.’
Diaz’s win marks the first gold for National team’s weightlifting squad in Vietnam. But they expect more medals before the biennial meet closes on Monday. In the multi-sport event’s 2019 run, Diaz also topped the podium before winning the country’s first Olympic gold in Japan.