Hidilyn Diaz tops 59kg category of online weightlifting tourney

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) — Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz won in the 59-kilogram category of the 2020 Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF) Eleiko Email International Lifters Tournament Thursday.

The Philippine Sports Commission congratulated Diaz on Facebook for topping the online tilt.

“Congratulations Hidilyn Diaz for winning in the 59kg category of the 2020 Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF) Eleiko Email International Lifters Tournament. We are proud of you.”

Diaz’s victory came on the day she was supposed compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, now postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and tentatively set for next year.

Diaz grabbed a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games after lifting 200 kilograms in the women’s 53-kilogram weightlifting category, ending the country’s Olympic medal drought since boxer Onyok Velasco’s silver medal finish in 1996.