Here's How Many Times Hidilyn Diaz Has Dominated an International Competition
The SEA Games isn't her first-and won't be her last, either.
(SPOT.ph) Olympian Hidilyn Diaz has finally bagged a gold medal from the 30th Southeast Asian Games—a feat she first attempted during the 2005 run of the regional meet in Bacolod. Now, more than a decade later, the weightlifter can finally add a Southeast Asian (SEA) Games medal to her collection, which includes a gold medal from the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, and of course, her Olympic silver from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Diaz dominated the women's 55-kilogram division of the SEA Games weightlifting competition on Monday, December 2. She lifted an impressive 211 kilograms, with 91 kilograms in the snatch and 120 in the clean and jerk. This placed her pretty far from her closest opponent, Nguyen Thi Thuy of Vietnam, who lifted a total of 197 kilograms.
The 211-kilogram mark actually went beyond her previous record at the 2018 Asian Games, where she delivered the Philippines' first gold for the meet with a clean total lift of 207 kilograms. Diaz also ended a medal drought for the Philippines with her 2016 silver during the Rio Summer Olympics. The last medal the Philippines earned was two decades before, when boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco won a silver during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
"It's my personal goal to win the gold medal in the SEA Games, because I haven't won a gold medal [in the SEA Games]," Diaz explained simply during her training for the meet, in a report by ESPN5. Now, with the SEA Games gold medal safely tucked under her belt, all our eyes are on another run at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Here's hoping we'll see another gold medal for Diaz soon!