Hidilyn Diaz asserts might, clinches first-ever SEA Games gold

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Hidilyn Diaz asserts might, clinches first-ever SEA Games gold
Hidilyn Diaz dominated her event at the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 8:51 p.m.) – Hidilyn Diaz copped her first ever gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games after dominating the women's 55kg weightlifting contest on Monday.

Diaz lifted a total of 211kg to run away with the first-place finish.

The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist was in top form from the get-go, lifting 88kg in her first snatch lift attempt to put her in the lead early.

By the end of the snatch lifts, Diaz was nine kilograms clear of second placer Thi Thuy Nguyen of Vietnam after recording 92kg in her second attempt.

When it came to the Clean and Jerk lifts, Diaz virtually had the gold medal in the bag lifting 110kg in her first attempt.

She continued to pile on her lead until the end with an 120kg Clean and Jerk best.

VIetnamese Nguyen was able to hold on to her second spot in the Clean and Jerk and copped silver, lifting a total of 197kg.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's Juliana Klarisa took the bronze with her 175kg total.



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