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Hidilyn Diaz qualifiers for Tokyo but finishes 4th at Asian Games

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Hidilyn Diaz clinches Tokyo Olympics berth, finishes fourth in Asian meet

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Diaz finished fourth overall with a total of 212 points, a point is shy of bronze medalist Muattar Nabieva of Uzbekistan. World record holder Liao Qiuyun of China took home the gold with 222 points while her compatriot Li Yajun bagged the silver with 221 points.

Diaz hurdled the 90kg lift in her second snatch attempt and comfortably cleared the 94kg in her third attempt.

The 30-year-old Filipina weightlifter successfully lifted 118kg in her first clean and jerk attempt but failed to clear the 121 and 122 kg lifts in her succeeding tries.


“Even though this was just a tune up tournament, I still really wanted to give my best,” Diaz said. “But I did something wrong. I know I can beat them.”


Diaz became the seventh Filipino to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics so far after gymnast Carlos Yulo, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Carlo Paalam, Nesthy Petecio, Irish Magno, and Eumir Felix Marcial.

And while the focus was on Diaz, another Diaz of the same bloodline started to make a name for herself.

Diaz’s cousin Mary Flor Diaz clinched three silver medals in the non-Olympic qualifying women’s 49-kg class topped by India’s Jhilli Dalabehera on Saturday.

“I am happy for Mary Flor. I know her sacrifices,” said Diaz of her cousin who will turn 22 on May 4.

Diaz and her strength and conditioning coach Julius Naranjo and Chinese Coach Kaiwen Gao will fly back to Malacca in Malaysia on Saturday to resume their training camp.

The Olympics are set from July 23 to August 8.





Hidilyn learns crucial lesson

Ramos sisters following hero Hidilyn Diaz footsteps

By: Marc Anthony Reyes  – Reporter / @marcreyesINQ

Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:10 AM November 16, 2020

Sisters Rose Jean and Rosegie Ramos were like a small-town version of a band groupie that literally followed around Hidilyn Diaz while training back home in Zamboanga City.

Over the weekend, right at the Olympic silver medalist’s own gym and with neighbors watching, they claimed the spotlight for themselves and are on track to doing what Hidilyn Diaz did for her own family.

Philippine weightlifting’s next generation of stars won a gold, three silvers, and one bronze medal in the International Weightlifting Federation Online Youth World Cup, a tournament organized in Peru wherein 402 athletes from 62 countries participated in.


Hidilyn Diaz now an Inspiring Children’s Book

September 14, 2020

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I am so excited to announce the launch of a children’s book that I am featured in!

This is one of my WHY’s in life; before I won the silver medal for the Philippines at the 2016 Rio Olympics, I didn’t give up on my preparation for the Olympics because of the younger generation.

I wanted to build a Weightlifting gym for them; I built it, but I want to inspire them to continue their weightlifting dream.

I came from nothing to eventually become a silver medalist. We never know; one of these kids might be the next Gold Medalist.

This is my advocacy to spread awareness of weightlifting and to find the next athlete who will be better than I ever was.

Thank God for giving me this mission in life and giving me the wisdom to continue my dream despite the trials and challenges I’ve endured.

This book is the story of my life to inspire the younger generation to dream high and tell them to reach their dream, but they have to work hard because there is no instant in life.

I hope you will get inspired by this book, especially right now we are in Pandemic; we need inspiration, hope, and care.
You can buy the Hidilyn Diz books here:

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Hidilyn Diaz Wins Virtual Oceania Meet

August 1, 2020

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RIO Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz was in outstanding form in winning the innovative Eleiko Email International Lifters Tournament.


Spending the lockdown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she was supposed to hold her training camp for the now-postponed Olympic weight lighting qualifiers, Hidilyn Diaz lifted 216 kgs capture the gold medal in the women’s 59 kg. Category, which had 51 participants.

Sharp as ever, Hidilyn Diaz beat Australia’s Fatima Yakabu and South Africa’s Johanni Taljaard, who posted 189 and 188 kgs. to settle for silver and bronze, respectively.

Hidilyn Diaz thinks online competitions have helped her stay focused on her goals, including giving the Philippines its first-ever Olympic gold medal.


“I’m grateful that I competed in this event, I was able to prepare and set my mind to it,” said Hidilyn Diaz, who also won the 30th Southeast Asian Games gold last year.


The online competition organized by the Oceania Weightlifting Federation to mark the original July 24 opening date of the Tokyo Games has attracted 751 entries from 63 countries.


59kg Category
1 Hidilyn Diaz Philippines Zamboanga 58.80 95 121 216
2 Fatima Yakubu Australia Zubin 58.64 84 105 189
3 Johanni Taljaard South Africa Stellenbosch 59.00 83 105 188
4 Jacinta Sumagaysay Guam Hagatna 58.30 82 105 187
5 Cotruta Andreea Romania Botosani 56.50 85 100 185
6 Rebekka Tao Jacobsen Norway Larvik 57.79 78 103 181
7 Anneke Spies South Africa Mosselbay 58.90 80 100 180
8 Jenly tegu Wini Solomon islands Honiara 58.87 75 103 178
9 Sanju Chaudhary Nepal Nepalgunj 59.00 77 96 173
10 Kayla Shepard Canada Kelowna 58.00 73 92 165
11 Katrina Birch Australia 57.95 70 92 162
12 Mary Kini Lifu Solomon islands Honiara 57.60 70 90 160
13 Georgia Cameron Canada Victoria 58.90 72 87 159
14 Bea Komolafe England London 59.00 70 89 159
14 Olivia McFarland New Zealand Auckland 59.00 72 87 159
16 Iris Abigail Leguizamon Paraguay Asunción 59.00 70 85 155
17 Sarah Hearn Australia 58.57 64 90 154
18 Caroline Mundell Canada Coquitlam 58.90 69 82 151
19 Jess Sewastenko Sewastenko Australia Sydney 59.00 64 88 149
20 Alison Cranston Australia 58.48 63 80 143
21 Bernenice Detudamo Nauru Nauru 58.60 65 75 140
22 Lily Strange Australia North Brisbane 58.70 64 75 139
23 Morima Agigo Nauru Nauru 58.90 63 75 138
24 Hannah Collinson-smith New Zealand Wellington 56.20 60 75 135
25 Carolina Tierra Ecuador Riobamba 59.00 55 75 130
26 Lalau Harris Nauru Nauru 57.30 55 70 125
27 Shannon Good Australia Dungeon 57.60 55 68 123
28 Rebecca Scherri Malta Valletta 56.65 59 63 122
29 Dionne Buckley Australia 57.50 52 70 122
30 Doushka Priyanka Gopaloodoo Mauritius Phoenix 58.20 54 68 122
31 Leehane Stowers New Zealand Auckland 58.00 54 67 121
32 Charlotte Saxton Australia 58.85 51 63 114
33 Melissa Hanson Australia Tasmania 57.04 49 63 112
34 Jessica North Australia — 58.45 44 65 109
35 Katie Ward Australia Milton 58.65 47 60 107
36 Demi Holdcroft Australia Brisbane 57.80 47 56 103
37 Tebeau Roboam Kiribati Tarawa 55.50 45 55 100
38 Muraka Tau Papua New Guinea Port Moresby 58.20 45 55 100
39 Sarah Kavanagh United Kingdom Rotherham 59.00 45 55 100
40 Diane Bousadda Canada Vancouver 57.20 44 54 98
41 Jessica Brouff Australia Milton 58.59 43 51 94
42 Emily Cook Australia 56.95 37 47 84
43 Asyl Alrashied Saudi Arabia Jeddah 59.00 37 45 82
44 Merryn Hillhouse Australia Brisbane 59.00 34 45 79
45 Tenganga Taunikarawa Kiribati Tarawa 56.70 35 43 78
46 Merryn Hillhouse Australia Milton 56.47 32 45 77
47 Jorja-Leigh Riddock Jersey Jersey 57.00 27 50 77
48 Patrizia Cocchis Australia Sydney 57.07 29 40 69
49 Valerie Silver Australia Logan 57.00 27 37 64
50 Kleo Isaac Australia 58.25 28 36 64

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Hidilyn Diaz Wins 3 Golds at World Cup

Dec 2019

2016 Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz claimed 3 gold medals a the Roma World Cup in Italy. Snatch, Clean, and Jerk and total in the Women’s 55kg category.

Above all, the performance highlighted Day 1 of the championships. Above all, ‘The Roma World Cup’ serves as the highest senior world championship this year. And it is an Olympic qualifying meet. 

The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist dominated the snatch (93kg) and clean and jerk (119kg). For a total lift of 212kg. To complete a sweep in the women’s 55kg event of the world tournament.

Ukraine’s Kamila Konotop came in 2nd with 196kg, and Tunisia’s Nouha Landoulsi bagged the overall bronze with a total lift of 194kg.

Hidilyn Diaz currently ranks No. 4 in the women’s 55kg category topped by Chinese weightlifters Liao Qiuyun, Zhang Wanqiong, and Li Yajun.


Source: https://www.rappler.com/sports/by-sport/other-sports/250421-hidilyn-diaz-roma-weightlifting-world-cup-january-2020

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Bronze for John Ceniza

Bronze for Ceniza

Also, John Ceniza took a surprise Bronze at the World Cup. The Cebuano rallied to finish on the medal podium. Therefore lifting 152 kilograms on his final attempt in the clean and jerk. However, to compensate for a 117kg effort in the snatch.

After that, the combined output in both events gave the 22-year-old Ceniza a total lift of 269. In conclusion, a performance good enough for third place in the men’s 61kg category. Behind champion Tuan Kim Thach of Vietnam and silver medalist Shota Mishvelidze of Georgia.

Thach carried 293 kgs after posting 161 in the clean and jerk and 132 in the snatch. To defeat eight other contenders. Simultaneously, Mishvelidze compiled 286 (155 in clean and jerk and 131 in the snatch).

Ceniza, who collared a silver medal in the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games. Therefore positioned himself for a possible Olympic berth, along with fellow Filipino lifters Nestor Colonia and Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz.





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Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Hidilyn Finally Takes SEA Games Gold

It was a very dominating win for the 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz. Now 29, Hidilyn dominated the women’s 55kg category at the SEA Games. Hidilyn Diaz hoisted 91kg in the Snatch and 120kg in the Clean and Jerk to amass a total score of 211kg.

Cheered on by a small local crowd. Hidilyn Diaz took her first SEA Games Gold Medal. Nguyen Thi Thuy (Vietnam) was a distant silver with a combined total of 197kg, and Juliana Klarissa (Indonesia) took bronze with 175kg.

The stunning performance of 211kg is better than the 200kg she lifted while 52.61kg at the 2016 Olympics for Silver.

And nearly right up to the 212kg gold medal performance of Hsu Shu-Ching of Taipei (212kg). The performance sets up Hidilyn for a gold medal chance in Tokyo Olympics next year.


This year has been so good to me and I’ve made a large progress in terms of training and technique,” said Hidilyn Diaz who also owns a gold medal in the Asian Games. “We’re in the right track for Tokyo 2020.” (from inquirer)


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DECEMBER 2, 2019: Philippines’ Hidlyn Diaz celebrates her gold medal finish at the 55kg weightlifting at the 30th SEA Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon


Her SEA Games journey began 14 years ago in 2005, a wide-eyed 15-year-old. Who ended up finishing dead last. It has truly come a long way, lifting the status of the Philippines Weight lifting. As a great ambassador for the sport.

Hidilyn Diaz had silver at the 2011 & 2013 SEA Games in the 58 kg category. Hidilyn Diaz had to wait 6 more years to finally get her gold as women’s weightlifting was not played at the 2015 and 2017 SEA Games.

It has been a good outing for Philippines Weightlifting, with Hidilyn niece Mary Flor Diaz taking the bronze in the lighter 45kg category with 159kg.

John Ceniza nabbed a silver in the men’s 55kg with 252kg. Hence, the Philippines has completed a complete set of Gold, Silveronze in Weight lifting so far. Vietnam leads the medal tally with 2 golds so far.





Hidilyn Diaz gives her coveted medal a big bite after delivering the first gold for Team Philippines Weightlifting in the 18th Asian Games.
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Hidilyn Diaz 11th at World Champs

Asian Games Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz dropped down to 11th at the World Champs of Weightlifting at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Albeit her performance of 203kg was not far from the 207kg, she registered to win the Asian Games.

But it now makes us contemplate how much more difficult it would have been for Hidilyn to win at Asian Games if some nations were not serving doping suspensions.

Therefore and changed the weight category from 53kg to 55kg division., But Hidilyn, to rectify this, increased her body weight to 54.70kg. 

The Shock came when a southeast Asian rival Sukanya Srisurat of Thailand, lifted a big total of 232kg; this was a massive improvement of Sukanya, who finished silver behind Hidilyn in Jakarta at the Asian Games but in the -58kg category, one above Hidilyn where she lifted 225kg. Thus improving 7kg to win World Champs.

With athletes from countries whose Federations were serving drug bans returning.

Athletes such as China’s Yajun and Wangqiong returned with 225kg for silver and bronze. One athlete from Kazakhstan and Shermetova of, Turkmenstein who was silver behind Hidilyn at, Asian Games, wound up 9th.

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However, in 49kg Women Eileen Perez finished 29th of 34 competitors, lifting 148kg. Behind her 154kg Asian games performance.

While Nestor Colonia finished 13th with a 280kg effort in 61kg men.

Hidilyn Diaz ranks #1 in the World in Weightlifting

Hidilyn Diaz, for the first time, ranks #1  -53kg in the world for the year 2018. Which only has less than 2 months to go. The update was provided on Instagram by Hidilyn strength coach Jay Futalan of the PSC. Hidilyn Diaz won the Asian Games and targeted the Philippines ‘ first-ever Olympic Gold.

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Hidilyn Diaz qualifiers for Tokyo but finishes 4th at Asian Games 29

Hidilyn Diaz gives her coveted medal a big bite after delivering the first gold for Team Philippines in weightlifting in the 18th Asian Games.
Joey Mendoza

Philippines Weightlifting Hidilyn Diaz wins the elusive Gold at the Asian Games.

Hidilyn Diaz delivered the Philippines Weightlifting 1st Gold at the 2018 Asian Games. In conclusion, tying the Philippines effort from 2014 of 1 Gold Medal.

Similarly, which then came from Daniel Caluag in BMX. Hidilyn Diaz, the Olympic silver medalist (200kg) in Rio, hoisted 207kg. She was coming second after the snatch round with 92kg.

And then pumped out 110kg on her first attempt on the clean and jerk. It was her second lift of 115kg that secured her the win. She attained 117kg in the clean and jerk but failed. It had been noted Hidilyn Diaz had been lifting 120-125kg in training in Clean and Jerk.

Kristina Sermetowa of Turkmenistan took the Silver with a 206kg leading after leading the Snatch round with 93kg.  Sermetowa took silver at the world championships last year.

Surodc, Hana Khambao, the lesser-known of the Two Thai’s, was the surprise bronze medalist with 204kg. World Champion Sopita Tanasan, of Thailand who beat Hidilyn at worlds (210kg in Anaheim last year), blotched up her snatch with only a 90kg effort and wound up out of the medals.

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Gold medallist Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines (C), silver medallist Kristina Shermetova of Turk, minister (L), and bronze medallist Sopita Tanasan of Thailand celebrate at the podium during the victory ceremony for the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA

Philippines Weightlifting Hidilyn Diaz Rewards

Diaz’s best 11 opponents, including teammate Dessa Delos Santos who lifted 180kg total, finished 8th.

She said the win boosted her belief that winning the gold in the Olympics is highly possible.


“I am grateful to God that I won the gold medal that all of us Filipinos dream of,” Diaz said. “This proves the Olympic gold medal is possible.”


In conclusion, Diaz stands to receive a cash windfall of P6 million — P2 million from the Philippine Olympic Committee, P2 million from the government through Republic Act 10699.

Which expands the coverage of incentives granted to national athletes and coaches. And P1 million each from the Siklab Foundation and the Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hoong.


“In the Olympics, no one expected me to win a medal. Here at the Asian Games, everyone expected me to win,” she said. “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.”


Diaz was originally in the -58kg category. It trimmed down to 51kg for the -53kg category a few years ago. And it paid off big time. In the 2010 Asian Games, she was 6th in the -58kg category with 209kg. She did not participate in the 2014 Asian Games.

The Chinese and Kazakhstan athletes who dominated this event did not participate as a doping ban sanction has left those federations suspended. Hsu-Shu Ching, the Olympic Champion (212kg) in -53kg, also did not participate.

For More Updates on Weightlifting at Asian Games


Philippines Weightlifting Sources:

  1. http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/21/18/asian-games-hidilyn-diaz-wins-first-gold-for-philippines
  2. https://www.rappler.com/sports/specials/asian-games/210114-weighlifting-hidilyn-diaz-gold-medal-worth-six-million
  3. https://www.philstar.com/sports/2018/08/22/1844825/hidilyn-diaz-lifts-team-philippines-first-gold



Philippines Weightlifting Cebu urges POC to call for weightlifting election
By PR|August 17,2018 – 09:40 PM

Almost all Filipinos know Hidilyn Diaz, but not all are aware of the Philippines Weightlifting Association Inc. and its struggles. However, that’s something the Cebu Weightlifting Association (CWA) wants to be changed for the sport’s good.

Felix Tiukinhoy, the CWA president and a member of the Philippines Weightlifting Association (PWA). She asks Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas to join him in calling for an election in the NSA to solve its impasse.


“It is very frustrating that after Hidilyn Diaz won the silver medal in 2016. The situation of PWAI worsened as Roger Dullano suddenly left the country. And Monico Puentevella entered the association and created his own Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas,” Tiukinhoy said in his letter to Vargas.





Philippines Weightlifting – Pressure builds up for Diaz



Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz surveyed the buffet spread at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang, resembling a kid led to a candy store.

Above all, instead of filling her plate with native stir-fried noodles, shrimp fried in eggs, fried spring rolls, and some sweet stuff and getting a bowl of Arroz Caldo.

During Monday’s send-off for the Indonesia Asian Games-bound athletes. Diaz reached for a stick of beef satay so she doesn’t violate her dietary requirements.

Diaz, the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist. She swears there is pressure building inside as she gets ready to roll in the 53 kg. Event.

Also, the Asian Games will take place from Aug. 18-Sept. 2 but Diaz’s event won’t take place until Aug. 21.


“Pressure, fear and myself,” Diaz said, enumerating the factors that could decide her fate in Indonesia.


Despite her lofty status as an Olympic second-placer, Diaz isn’t taking the Asian Games lightly.


“The athletes you get to compete within the Asian Games are the same guys you’d see in the world championships and the Olympics,” she said.

“So, the level of competition in the Asian Games is world-caliber,” said Diaz. Stressing that the usual suspects are going to be in attendance.

“Thailand will be there…Chinese-Taipeh, China, Korea, and Turkmenistan,” all world powers in the sport are going to crowd Diaz for a place at the podium.





Philippines Weightlifting Asian Games Preview: Olympians Hidilyn Diaz, Nestor Colonia say podium finish attainable


2018 Asian Games representatives with Asian Rankings based on 2017 Results complete (2 per country rule already applied)

  • Nestor Colonia (13th in 56kg)
  • Hidilyn Diaz  (5th in 53kg)
  • Kristel Macrohon (12th in 69kg)
  • Eireen Ann Ando (16th in 63kg)
  • Maria Dessa Delos Santos (16th in 58kg)
  • Ellen Rose Perez (14th in 53kg)
  • Jeffrey Garcia (No Data)






Philippines Weightlifting Bronze and Silver for Hidilyn Diaz at Worlds, But Thai Olympic Champion Rises

December 2, 2017

Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician


The 2017 World Champs in Weight Lifting was held in Anaheim. 28 November to 5 December 2017. Many countries were barred for doping reasons, including Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Turkey, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, and Azerbaijan, whose participation was suspended.

Due to ban substances found in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

It was surprising to see our South East Asian rivals getting on the podium, particularly Thailand and Vietnam, in both Men’s and Women’s who started to draw further away from the Philippines.

Perhaps this means more resources and funding needs to be put into Weight Lifting as we have shown we can produce Olympic medallists in the likes of Hidilyn Diaz.

It really brings to question the program’s vision and direction to produce more athletes of a similar caliber to Ms. Diaz.


Philippines Weightlifting Diaz gets Bronze but Thai Rival Triumphs.

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Medalists -53kg 2017 worlds weight lifting women (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live 


I would like to emphasize we need to be cautious about the Thai who GoForGold

The Philippines provided an excellent article on the well-funded Thai Weight Lifting Program. While we should be happy for Ms. Diaz, the Bronze medal, she is a national hero and Olympic Silver Medallist.  

She now has a powerful and formidable opponent with the Thai Sopita Tanasan, the Olympic Champion (200kg total lift in 2016) who dropped from -53kg down to -48kg but now is back to -53kg  who until now was only ranked #3 in South East Asian Rankings for 2017 with a  196kg lift in Taipei back in August.,

Tanasan, 23, increased her body weight from 51,.90 to 52.70 pushing it up near the 53kg cut-off.

Consequently, a very rapid improvement of 14kg onto her best lift in this weight category this year with 210kg total (96kg snatch and 104kg Clean) to capture the world title. 

Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines took a respectable Bronze with 199kg (86kg snatch and 113kg Clean). Diaz took silver in the Clean segment with 113kg on countback.

Diaz’s personal best of 215kg was done when she won the world champs in 2015, she lifted 200kg to get Silver at the Olympics in 2016. Her best lift since 215kg was 204kg when she won the Gold at Ashgabat Asian Indoor Games.  

Hidilyn’s next big stint will be the 2018 Asian Games.

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If the PSC and Weightlifting Federation are serious about Diaz overcoming the rapidly improving Thai Tanasan at the 2019 SEA Games in Manila.  

They must support her needs well to allow her to maximize her performance. At 26, Hidilyn still has many good lifting years left in her.

Hidilyn Diaz took a Silver in the 2011 and 2013 SEA Games in the much heavier -58kg Category before dropping a weight category and becoming world-class. In 2015 and 2017, and included no Women’s weightlifting in the SEA Games. 

The other athlete competing at these Championships is Kristel Macrohon, 21, leading the 2017 SEA Rankings in the -69kg Category. She has a PB of 209kg at Ashgabat Asian Indoor was she took the Bronze Medal.



In the Women’s 48kg Category Thunkya Sukcharoen, 20, took the Silver with a 193kg lift. Improving on her 190kg lift from Ashgabat, where she did not get any medal. In the Men’s 56kg category, Vietnam took Gold and Silver, with Thailand taking Bronze.

While the top 2 didn’t beat their annual performance, the bronze from Thailand improved his total lift from 259kg to 267kg; in comparison, Nestor Colonia of the Philippines, who was not sent, was fifth behind these guys at SEA Games and has lifted 253kg this year. 






Perez bags 3 golds in S.Korea weightlifting tilt

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MANILA — Boholano Elien Perez gave the Philippines three gold medals on Sunday at the start of the Asian Cup and Asian Inter-Club Weightlifting Championships in Yanggu County, Gangwon Province, South Korea.

The 18-year-old athlete from Tagbilaran City topped the women’s 53kg category with a total lift of 158kg (71kg snatch and 87kg in clean and jerk) in the competition Yongha Weightlifting Gymnasium.


“I’m so blessed and thankful because the Lord gave me the opportunity to compete in this tournament,” said Perez in an online interview on Monday.


Perez is one of five Filipinos carrying the national colors in the Asian Weightlifting Federation’s tournament. The others are Mary Flor Diaz, Dessa Delos Santos, Elreen Ando, and Margaret Colonia. The athletes are accompanied by coaches Ramon Solis and Allen Diaz.

Before the South Korea tournament, Perez has competed and won three bronze medals in the Senior, Youth, and Junior Asian Championship in Kathmandu, Nepal, last July.

Full Article Here


Hidilyn Gives Back Opens Weightlifting Gym in Zamboanga

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Hidilyn Diaz saw her dream finally become a reality as the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist opener her weightlifting gym in Zamboanga City over the weekend.

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz inaugurates her weightlifting center in Mampang in line with her desire to help potential weightlifters to hone their craft and be a world-class athlete in the future.

The equipment was donated by BPI, mat by MVP Foundation, and solar power by Ruth Owen. Thank you, Hidilyn, for your generosity y Vaya con Dios! Diaz said the gym, where she used the bulk of the P5 million she received as incentives for her Olympic silver medal win, was inaugurated on Sunday.

“Doon ko maaalala ‘yung Olympics kasi halos lahat ng pera ko (incentives in the Olympics) andoon,” said Diaz in an interview with reporters during the Philippine  Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee Media Group forum on Wednesday.


While fitness enthusiasts can use the gym, Diaz said she would also use the 100 square-meter property to train kids who are aspiring weightlifters.


“May mga equipment na ‘yung gym for functional movement,” said Diaz, who also got support from the private sector in the construction of the gym.


Last weekend was my first time in Mampang, where Hidilyn began her career in weightlifting. It was also the inauguration of her weightlifting gym.

Thank you for inviting me to speak and share my knowledge with the aspiring Olympic coaches and weightlifters from Zamboanga. Mabuhay ka! – Jay Futalan Strength and Conditioning Coach





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Silver for Hidilyn Diaz in 2017 the Asian Martial Arts & Indoor Games

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Flag Bearer Hidilyn Diaz


In a country crazy with Basketball. Could we perhaps be overlooking one of our greatest assets? Filipino’s are built perfectly for the sport of weightlifting. Not only can we dominate at SEA Games, but we have also had success at Asian Level and higher international meets.

Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz came agonizingly close to the Fairy Tale Olympic Gold First medal for the Philippines. Pinoyathletics even predicted in 2015, she would win an Olympic medal despite the skepticism from some so-called armchair experts.

Well, for Diaz, this drove the girl from Zamboanga City to strive harder to do so. Consequently, Diaz’s story was dramatized in MMK. Working with several coaches, when she met up with PSC Strength and conditioning coach Jay Futalan her luck turned around. Hence Futalan fixed up several mechanical issues overlooked in her posture, and she quickly leveled up to Asian Gold, World Bronze, and Olympic Silver within a year.

Furthermore, Diaz took  Silver in the Asian Indoors in the Women’s -53kg Category. 2013 World Champion Li Yajun of China, who bombed out of the 2016 Olympic Games, took the Gold. Yajun lift was 93kg in Snatch and 115kg in the Clean and Jerk for a combined total of 208kg. Diaz had 90 and 114kg total of 204kg for Silver. And home crowd athlete Kristina. 

Shremetova of Turkmenistan took Bronze with 196kg.

Dessa Delos Santos is due to line up in the Women’s -58kg Category and Kristel Macrohon -69kg Category.

The Philippines could have entered more athletes. Most noteworthy, It had no entries in the Men’s.



Philippines Weightlifting Diaz on a path for third Olympic Games (Nov 26, 2015)

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The 24-year-old pride of Zamboanga City recently captured the overall medal at the International Weightlifting World Championships held in Houston, Texas. Hidilyn took three bronzes in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk, and overall.

Diaz lifted 96kg in the snatch and 117kg, a total of 213kg in the clean and jerk in the women’s 53kg division behind Hsu Shu-Ching of Taipei and Chen Xiaoting of China. Chen is the Olympic Champion and HSU the Olympic silver medalist in London 2012.

She was just 1 kilo off her 214kg total when she won the Asian Championships in Phuket.

(and sent an email to the IWF asking for confirmation of qualification)

Hidilyn teammate Colonia took bronze in the clean and jerk 158 but was fourth in the snatch with 124a total of 282kg and finished fourth overall./

According to the IWF Website guidelines, and cannot determine qualifications till June 16, when the rankings of the top 16 are available. The qualification rules are rather complex.

Unlike in athletics, where they seem easy to follow, only Eric Cray qualified for Rio in 2016 in any sport for the Philippines so far.







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