MANILA — Boholano Elien Perez gave the Philippines three gold medals on Sunday at 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.</em>
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.
Hidilyn Gives Back Opens Weightlifting Gym in Zamboanga
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 world-class athletes 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.</em>
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.</em>
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 Zamboanga’s aspiring Olympic coaches and weightlifters. Mabuhay ka! – Jay Futalan Strength and Conditioning Coach
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Silver for Hidilyn Diaz in 2017 the Asian Martial Arts & Indoor Games
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 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 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’s -69kg Category.
The Philippines could have entered more athletes. But, most noteworthy, It had no entries in the Men’s.
Philippines Weightlifting Diaz on a path for third Olympic Games (Nov 26, 2015)
The 24-year-old pride of Zamboanga City recently captured the overall medal at the International Weightlifting World Championships held in Houston, Texas. In addition, 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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