Diaz qualifies for Rio Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2016 15:06

Zamboangueña weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is officially included in the list of select Philippine athletes qualified for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. It will be her third trip to the Olympics since 2008.

Diaz, 25, won 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in the recently concluded Asian Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan April 24-30 firming her third trip to the Olympics.

As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco expressed honor and pride for Diaz saying this is another milestone for Zamboanga. She hailed Diaz and all other athletes who continue to excel in their individual fields and bring honor and fame to the city.

Diaz, accompanied by City Sports Director Dr. Cecile Atilano and her coach, National Weightlifting Association chair Prof. Elbert Atilano called on Mayor Climaco in City Hall Friday, May 6, fresh from her Uzbekistan stint.

Last year, Diaz clinched the Olympic berth after scoring 3 bronze medals in the International Weightlifting Federation Championship held in Houston, Texas. She won gold medal in the 1st Southeast Asian Weightlifting Championship.

Dr. Atilano said Nestor Colonia, who also won a bronze medal in the Uzbekistan Olympic Qualifying event, is awaiting confirmation for his Olympic Games participation.

Diaz represented the Philippines in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and is the first female weightlifter from the Philippines to compete in the international event.

As of May 1, the Philippine Olympic Committee has drafted 6 athletes including Diaz, as officially included in the country’s delegation to the 2016 Olympic Games slated in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The others are Eric Shauwn Cray (Athletics), Rogen Ladon (Boxing), Charly Suarez (Boxing). Kirstie Alora (Taekwondo) and Ian Lariba (Table Tennis)