20 February 1991 |
Zamboanga City, Philippines
|Height||1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||58 kg (128 lb)|
|Coached by||Antonio Agustin Jr|
Hidilyn Diaz (born February 20, 1991 in Zamboanga City, Philippines) is a Filipino weightlifter. She competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and was also the youngest competitor in the women's 58-kg category in that same Olympics. She was a bronze medalist in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand and achieved 10th place at the 2006 Asian Games in the 53-kilogram class. A student of the Universidad de Zamboanga, she also won two golds and one silver in the Asian Youth/Junior Weightlifting Championship held in Jeonju, South Korea.
2008 Summer Olympics
Diaz was selected as a wild card entry to the Summer Olympics by the Philippine Weightlifting Association in early 2008. She is the first female weightlifter to compete for the Philippines in the Olympics, and the second weightlifter overall (the first being her coach, Ramon Solis). Competing in the women's 58-kg class, 17-year-old Diaz lifted 85-kg in the snatch and 107-kg in the clean and jerk for a 192-kg total, breaking the Philippine record that she herself set at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games. Although she placed second to last in a field of 12 weightlifters, her performance was praised and considered promising for her age. Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez once commented that she competed there to gain valuable experience and predicted that she would be a strong contender in future competitions.
2012 Summer Olympics
Diaz competed at the same category last Beijing Olympics which is at the Women's under 58-kg event. By doing so, she became the first weightlifter to represent the country in two consecutive Olympics. At the 2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships held in Pyeongtaek, South Korea in April 2012, Diaz lifted her personal best before the Olympics at 219 kg.
This edition, under the tutelage of Tony Agustin, Diaz made a bold move of submitting a 225 kg projected lift. This will shadow her 219 kg personal best. During the event, she started with 92 kg and proceeded with a successful 97 kg snatch. However after three attempts, Diaz couldn't lift a 118 kg Clean and Jerk.
She was one of two lifters to end up with a DNF or Did Not Finish along with Lina Rivas of Colombia.
- Official profile at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
- "15 Filipinos battle odds, Olympic gold ‘curse’", Inquirer.net, August 9, 2008
- City commends Zamboangueño weightlifters
- Hidilyn Diaz lifts self to Olympic heights, Manila Standard Today
- Love can wait for Hidilyn, Manila Standard Today
- Diaz falters; Walsh up next, Manila Standard Today
- Diaz, Walsh start bid today, Manila Standard Today
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