Weightlifter champ Hidilyn Diaz is confident the she will be able to comply with the weight guidelines following her competition in the 30th Southeast Asian Games a month from now.
The Philippines representative will compete in the women’s 55 kilogram division, in this case, she need to lose at least four kilograms for the biennial meet’s event on December 1 at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
“Mataas po ang timbang ko eh, nasa 59 (kilograms) po ako. So kailangan kong mag-drop by next week ng 58 something ako tapos after that 57 so OK na ako,” Diaz said.
Diaz is on a mission in to compete in the Olympics in Tokyo next year, the 2018 gold medalist noted that if she reaches 57 kilograms within two weeks, it will be easier to reach the required weight and have an edge on her competitors.
“Habang nagda-drop ka ng weight kailangan mo ng good performance so doon na papasok ang sport nutritionist. Pagdating kasi ng laro lalo na kung crucial ang laro tapos nag-drop ka ng masyadong drastic na drop ang performance mo wala na. Talagang magku-kwestyun ka sa sarili mo ‘Kaya ko pa ba ito?’” said Diaz, who won bronze in the 2019 world championship.
Diaz is set to fly to Taiwan for a 23-day training camp as her preparation for the SEA Games, which she aims to lift 95 kilograms in snatch and 120 kilograms in the clean and jerk.
Diaz is looking to have her first gold medal in this year’s SEA Games, she debuted in the league at the age of 15 where she finished fifth in five entries.