Diaz cops 3 bronzes in world weightlifting tiff, eyes Rio Olympics
Joey Villar (philstar.com) - November 23, 2015 - 12:46am

MANILA, Philippines – Hidilyn Diaz snared three bronze medals in the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in Houston Texas on Monday to boost her hopes of earning a third Olympic appearance in Rio de Janerio, Brazil next year.

Diaz, 24, took the bronze in the snatch after she lifted 96 kilos and then pocketed another in clean and jerk where she ended up with a 117-kilo lift.

Diaz's total in snatch and clean and jerk of 213 kilos was also good enough to cop the two-time Olympian a third bronze.

The Zamboanga lass actually ended up tied with Hsu Shung Ching of Chinese Taipei in the snatch but the former took the bronze via tiebreak.

Hsu took the gold by edging China's Chen Xiaoting via tiebreaker.

Diaz, who captured three gold medals in the Asian Weightlifting Championship in Phuket, Thailand last September, is trying to earn enough points to earn a slot in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

It was the Philippines' fourth bronze in this event after Nestor Colonia picked up one in the clean and jerk of the men's 56-kilogram division.

Weightlifting's honorary chair Monico Puentevella said there is a strong chance both Diaz and Colonia will make it to the Olympics.

"There will still be computations but having been a former Asian Weightlifting president, I believe both will qualify for Rio," he said.

ASIAN WEIGHTLIFTING ASIAN WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP CHEN XIAOTING DIAZ DIAZ AND COLONIA HIDILYN DIAZ HOUSTON TEXAS HSU SHUNG CHING OF CHINESE TAIPEI MONICO PUENTEVELLA NESTOR COLONIA RIO OLYMPICS
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