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Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt

Olympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.

Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.

Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong Lozada
“I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”

Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.

Her triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.

Author: Bong Lozada, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/264092/gold-medal-bust-hidilyn-diaz-turkmenistan-tilt

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