After three failures in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Hidilyn Diaz finally won her first gold medal in the stage that was unkind to her for a long time.
The two-time silver and one-time bronze SEA Games medalist can finally call herself a certified gold winner here. This, after winning the 55-kilogram women’s weightlifting event at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Monday.
Diaz lifted a total of 211 kgs in the event. She had the snatch part of the event by lifting 88 kgs in her first attempt, 91 kgs in her second and 94 kgs in the third and last.
In the clean and jerk, Diaz lifted 120 kgs in her third attempt after initially pegging at 110-115 kgs.
The 28-year-old weightlifter claimed she was nervous performing in front of her home fans for the first time.
“I was feeling a little nervous because the pressure was there. But I was just thinking that I’m doing this for God and for the team because we’ve been giving everything during our training,” she said.
There was another first for Diaz. A more important first.
She had her parents as part of her audience. It made her even more nervous, she said.
“This is the first time that my mom and dad watched. And I’m a little nervous because my mom is a little anxious when it comes to me,” she said.
“But it was fun and exciting. The pressure was there, but at least I was able to do this right.” she added.
Diaz now has her eyes set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
But she still needs to compete in two more competitions.
“I still need to compete in two events for the Olympics. Please include me in your prayers that I won’t give up during those times.”
“Everything was worth it. Two months before, I wasn’t ready because of the IWF World championship and I’m just really thankful that I was able to pull this off,” she said.
Vietnam’s Thi Thuy Nguyen lifted a total weight of 197 kgs which gave her the silver medal while Indonesia’s Juliana Klarisa bagged the bronze after lifting a total of 175 kgs.