#YSGirlGang: Hidilyn Diaz goes for gold

#YSGirlGang: Hidilyn Diaz goes for gold

Young STAR catches up with Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz during one of her training sessions.

Photos by Abbey Paner

Hidilyn Diaz, 25 @haide20
Silver medalist in Weightlifting, Summer Olympics 2016

Olympic athlete Hidilyn Diaz first picked up weights when she was just 11 years old. According to her Coach Jay, she saw her male relatives doing so and didn’t think twice about following suit. Years later, she went on to win silver at the Women’s 53 kg Weightlifting event at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The work doesn’t stop there either; she may be on “active rest” mode at the moment (where her training sessions aren’t so extreme) but she’s set to compete in a number of competitions in the next few months.

During what they call a regular training session, Hidilyn’s coach instructs her to do a pretty strenuous workout — she has to lift herself on an overhead bar. It’s not an easy task, even for her; after several attempts, she sits on the floor to rest. She’s getting tired. “‘Pag hindi ko pa nagawa, tama na ha,” she says out loud. Then she changes her mind. “Ah, hindi ako quitter. Okay lang,” she declares. And on the final try, Hidilyn Diaz triumphs.

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