With Tokyo in mind, Hidilyn Diaz rules online tournament
MANILA, Philippines—Hidilyn Diaz showed peak form in her quest for an Olympic gold when she ruled the 59-kilogram class in the 2020 Oceania Weightlifting Federation Eleiko Email international Lifters Tournament Thursday.
Diaz, a silver medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics, tallied a total of 216 kilograms in her video entry that she emailed to the event organizers in a performance that she described as at par with what she would’ve done in Tokyo.
“I was supposed to compete today in #Tokyo2020, I already imagined the crowd would be full of Filipinos cheering for my win in Olympics but because of the COVID-19 Pandemic the Olympics was moved to July 23-Aug 8, 2021 that imagination got blurred,” posted Diaz on Facebook.
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July 27,2020 ⠀ I was supposed to compete today in #Tokyo2020, I already imagined the crowd would be full of Filipinos cheering for my win in Olympics but because of the Covid-19 Pandemic the Olympics was moved to July 23-Aug 8,2021 that imagination got blurred. It was a good thing oceania weightlifting and @eleikosport Organized an email competition called the Eleiko International Email Competition, I don’t know the results yet but Im grateful that I competed in this event, I was able to prepare and set my mind to it. ⠀ I want to thank my support system #TeamHD for not leaving me during the pandemic, I was lost and had no direction in my life. Thank you for pushing me to my limit and insisting to fight even though the battle will be longer. I know you all sacrificed a lot, thank you for being there. Coach Gao, Coach @imjulius @coachjeanetharo and Dr. @budst ⠀ Thank you @janius5.11 and the Wilayah Wipers for letting us train during the duration of our stay here in Malaysia, for understanding that as an elite athlete and in contention for the Olympics I need to stay prepared. Thank you for preparing the platform, gym, and with the support system of Wipers Weightlifters. Thank you for making me feel at home. ⠀ Thank you @phil.sportscommission for continuously supporting us, the Filipino athletes #SWP for supporting me and #TeamHD @mvpsportsfoundation for being there always and for supporting Teamhd @usanapilipinas @underarmoursoutheastasia ⠀ Thanks to Coach @imjulius for the video HD logo and TeamHD: @neilvfernando ⠀ #LabanPilipinas #LabanHidilyn #TeamHD #SamahangWeightliftingngPilipinas #Underarmourph #philippines #filipino #Olympicweightlifting #Tokyo2021 #roadtotokyo2021 #weightlifting #weightlifter #oly #iwf #hookgrip #weightliftinghouse #atg #olympiclifting #snatch #halterofilia #strengthandconditioning #crossfit #hookgrip #atg #cleanandjerk #olympics
The Philippine Sports Commission also congratulated Diaz on her feat.
“Congratulations Hidilyn Diaz for winning in the 59kg category of the 2020 Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF) Eleiko Email International Lifters Tournament. We are proud of you!” posted the PSC on Facebook.
Diaz has been constantly working despite the Olympics getting postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and she’s also won the gold medal in the -55kg division in the Roma 2020 Weightlifting World Cup in January.
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