Hidilyn Diaz bags 3 Golds at Roma Weightlifting World Cup, strengthens Tokyo Olympics bid

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Hidilyn Diaz (center) proudly salutes to the nation’s flag and sings the Philippine National Anthem at the awarding ceremonies of the Roma 2020 Weightlifting World Cup in Italy. Screengrab from IWF video.

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz swept the women’s 55-kilogram events to win 3 gold medals at the Roma 2020 Weightlifting World Cup, strengthening her bid for a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Diaz was hailed top podium finisher with her total lift of 212 kgs. after dominating the snatch event with 93-kg. lift and the jerk event with 119 kgs. during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament held January 28, 2020, in Rome, Italy.

Hidilyn Diaz begins her medal-winning lift. Screengrab from IWF video.

The two-time Olympics weightlifter is campaigning to improve her Rio Olympics silver with a gold when she returns to the quadrennial games scheduled from July 24 to August 9 in Tokyo, Japan.

On her way to the Roma 2020 Weightlifting World Cup, the 29-year-old Diaz picked up her first gold medal at the 30th Southeast Asian Games in December 2019, won 2 bronze medals at the World Weightlifting Championship in Thailand in September, and bagged triple silvers at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in April in China.

Hidilyn Diaz makes her successful lift at the Roma 2020 World Cup. Screengrab from IWF video

The Philippines’ top lifter also won the country’s first Asian Games gold medal in 2018 in Jakarta.

Hidilyn Diaz will again see action at another Olympic Qualifying tournament at the IWF Asian Championships in Kazakhstan on April 16-25.

WATCH Hidilyn Diaz receive top medal honors for the Philippines and SEND CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL WISHES as she aims to secure her 2020 Olympics spot!

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