Diaz goes for gold in Tokyo

Nelson Beltran - The Philippine Star
Diaz goes for gold in Tokyo
Hidilyn Diaz
STAR / File

TOKYO – A lift for the ages.

That’s the target for Hidilyn Diaz in what could be her fourth and final Olympics today where she’s determined to pour it all in pursuit of a super special feat.

History beckons as she returns to the Quadrennial Games, looking to match or surpass her silver-medal performance in the 2016 Rio Games.

Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. at the Tokyo International Forum where she has a chance to get Team Philippines on the medal board.

And if ever, she would be the first Filipino multi-medal winner in the Olympics in nearly 90 years.

Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas (SWP) president Monico Puentevella says Team Diaz has promised a show.

“You can expect Hidilyn to lift weights that you’ve never seen before. She’s on track. She’s going to put on a show,” said Julius Naranjo, Diaz’ strength and conditioning coach.

Naranjo added that Diaz has been hitting new personal marks this late in her career, a good sign as she prepares to bolster the Philippines’ medal hopes in the Summer Games.

The question is whether the Diaz show would be enough to produce a medal in a talent-laden cast led by world record-holder Liao Qiuyun from China.

Also in the field are Turkmenistan’s Kristina Shermetova, Mexico’s Ana Gabriela Lopez Ferrer, Korea’s Ham Eunji, Uzbekistan’s Muattar Nabieva, Tunisia’s Nouha Landoulsi, Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo and Ukraine’s Kamila Konotop.

Diaz believes she can win.

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