Hidilyn Diaz clinches golds at weightlifting World Cup

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Posted at Jan 28 2020 09:08 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2020 01:58 AM

Hidilyn Diaz topped the snatch (93 kilograms), clean and jerk (119 kg), and overall lift (212 kg) in the women's 55-kilogram division in the 2020 Weightlifting World Cup in Rome. Photo courtesy of Hidilyn Diaz

MANILA (UPDATE) - Hidilyn Diaz took home 3 gold medals in the 2020 Weightlifting World Cup in Rome on Tuesday.

She topped the snatch (93 kilograms), clean and jerk (119 kg), and overall lift (212 kg) in the women's 55-kilogram division.

Diaz's dominant showing in clean and jerk enabled her to beat competitors from Ukraine, Tunisia, among others.

She is looking to return to the Olympics after 3 straight stints, the last one capped by a silver medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic berths will be handed out after the Asian championships in Kazakhstan in April.

Diaz, who has been in Rome since Jan. 18 training for the Cup, told ABS-CBN News there's no time for complacency as she still has a lot to prepare for the Olympics.

"Marami pa kaming kailangan gawin para sa Tokyo 2020," she said.

She said China will be one of the countries she expects to give her a run for the money, followed by Kazahkstan and Uzbekistan.

"If we're ready, if we're willing to give everything with guts, kayang-kaya po natin," said Diaz, who has been on a roll the past few years, bagging gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

After winning in the SEA Games, Diaz chose not to spend the holidays in her home province and instead prepared for the World Cup.

"People wonder why I am not home in Zamboanga for the holidays," she wrote on Instagram late December.

"As we get closer and closer to #tokyo2020 I can't stop my training since we are 4 weeks out from competition (World Cup). These are the sacrifices us athletes and coaches make to achieve the dream for our country and I am grateful for my coaches." -- With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News

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