WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz lifts ‘lifetime PR’ in back squats
MANILA, Philippines—Hidilyn Diaz continued to build her strength on her road to the Tokyo Olympics, lifting a personal record in backs squats.
In a video posted on Instagram, the silver medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics shared that she was able to lift a whopping 161 kilograms, calling it her “lifetime PR.”
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It has been about 10 months since I have touched weights this heavy. This is a lifetime PR for me in the back squat at 161KG. I did not expect to be able to lift this weight and you can tell in my face how heavy the weight feels for me. But I am happy I am able to life the weights and we are getting back on progress. ⠀ Coach Gao and Coach @imjulius really work together to make my program work for me and allow me to be in the best condition. @coachjeanetharo for working with my nutrition and making sure I perform at my best. Dr. @budst for giving me guidance during the Pandemic. Team HD has been a blessing during this pandemic, because they have kept me focused and have allowed me to not lose sight of The Philippines dream of its first Gold Medal in the Olympics next summer. ⠀ I want to Thank @phil.sportscommission for continuing to support the Filipino Athletes during this Pandemic. @mvpsportsfoundation for always being there and supporting Team HD. My other sponsors who have helped in the past. @phoenixfuels , @athletesproph , and @usanapilipinas . I also want to thank the Malaysian Weightlifting Team for taking care of us here in Malaysia and allowing us to train with them. ⠀ #Teamhd #labanpilipinas #weightlifting #philippines #filipina #oly #olympicweightlifting #filipina #backsquat #strength #olympics #tokyo2021 #hookgrip #olympiclifting
“It has been 10 months since I have touched weights this heavy,” said Diaz on her caption. “This is a lifetime PR for me in the back squat at 161 kg.”
“I did not expect to be able to lift this [much] weight and you can tell in my face how heavy the weight feels for me. But I am happy I was able to lift weights and we are back getting on progress.”
Diaz is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which was pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Filipino weightlifting star secured gold medal in the -55 kg division in the Southeast Asian Games when she lifted a total of 211 kg, then followed that up with three golds in the Weightlifting World Cup.
“Team HD has been a blessing during this pandemic, because they have kept me focused and allowed me to not lose sight of the Philippines’ dream of its first gold medal in the Olympics next summer,” said Diaz.
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