Weightlifting: Hidilyn Diaz’s long road to Tokyo Olympics begins in California


Posted at Nov 04 2017 08:45 PM

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz will begin her journey to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by competing in the Weightlifting World Championships in Anaheim, Calif., from November 28 to December 5.

Diaz wants to become the first Filipino athlete to reach four straight trips to the Olympics and the tournament organized by the International Weightlifting Federation will be her first step toward that goal.

“It will be a great accomplishment if I can play in Tokyo,” said the 26-year-old Diaz, who represented the Philippines in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games before winning the silver in Rio last year.

“But first, I have to qualify by gaining points to meet the quota set for Asian weightlifters.”

She recently brought home a silver medal from the 5th Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan behind gold medalist Liao Qiuyun of China.

In Rio, Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei won the gold in their weight category with a total lift of 212 kilograms, while Diaz managed to seize the silver with a 200-kg effort.

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