Hidilyn Diaz bags twin medals in 2017 weightlifting championship

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 01 2017 01:22 PM | Updated as of Dec 01 2017 07:32 PM

 

It wasn't gold but Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz still managed to snatch a pair of medals at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in Anaheim, California Thursday night. 

Diaz took home the bronze after lifting 199 kilograms in total lifts. Her 113 clean and jerk helped snag silver. 

She failed to snatch her opening 85 kilogram lift but came back and hit 86. Diaz, who has a career best of 97, failed to clear 90. 

 

Needing to do better in the clean and jerk for a shot at the medal, she managed to push her way up to 113 kg. 

After the competition Diaz admitted that she still has room to improve but this medal capturing performance helped her remove any doubts about herself. 

She is now more determined to come back stronger than before as she eyed a return to the Olympic podium. 

Diaz did beat Chinese Taipei's Hsu Shu-Ching, the 2016 gold medalist. Bringing Home the world championship is Thailand's Sopita Tanasan. 

Filipino fans came in full force, cheering her on each lift and congratulating her after she picked up her medals. 

On Friday the 21-year-old Kristel Macrohon, a bronze medalist in the recent Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, will compete in the 69 kilogram division.