Zambo weightlifters reap 5 gold, 1 silver in Thailand tilt PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 11:22

by Sheila Covarrubias

Zamboangueño weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia brought honor and fame to the Philippines anew when they bested their rivals in the recently concluded Asian Weightlifting Championship held in Phuket, Thailand Sept. 3-12.

Diaz harvested 3 gold medals in the senior men and senior women category while Colonia reaped 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal 56 kg category men’s division.

Colonia won the first ever gold medal in the Asian Senior Championship Games.

The Asian Weightlifting Championship was participated by 44 Asian countries.

As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco conveyed her message of gratitude and commendation to the two Zamboangueño weightlifters saying they made Zamboanga City very proud.

She likewise lauded the coaches of the team that include Prof. Elbert Atilano and Aldanete Alfonsito for working equally  hard to achieve the most coveted  gold medals.

Both Diaz and Colonia also won medals in the Southeast Asian Weightlifting Championships held also in Thailand last June 26. Diaz was a gold medallist in the 53 kg category and Colonia won a bronze medal in the 56 kg category.

The two weightlifters were feted by Mayor Climaco in a heroes’ welcome rite held in front of City Hall last July 13. — Sheila Covarrubias