Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo has one thing to smile about regardless of dropping out of the medal race in weightlifting. —ASIAN GAMES POOL
There ought to be sufficient fear over the nation’s try and at the very least replicate what has been essentially the most profitable Olympic journey by Crew Philippines ever in Tokyo two years in the past.
4 medals, certainly one of them the breakthrough gold.
On the ongoing Asian Video games right here in Hangzhou, China, two of these medalists crashed out of the rostrum race, certainly one of them the breakthrough gold winner.
However Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo disregarded her newest slipup in her bid to repeat her golden triumph subsequent 12 months within the Paris Olympics by placing into context precisely the place her fourth-place end within the Asian Video games weightlifting occasion falls in her grand scheme with a little bit joke throughout a postgame interview.
“I’m so proud of at present’s coaching, I imply at present’s outcome,’’ mentioned Diaz-Naranjo laughing.
And by her personal reckoning, that “coaching” session confirmed her what she wished to see: Diaz-Naranjo is steadily increase the power essential to grow to be a worthy contender within the 2024 Summer season Video games.
“Just some extra kilos and I’ll be shifting nearer to stepping into the highest 5 or 6 (on the planet),’’ mentioned Diaz-Naranjo after winding up fourth in ladies’s weightlifting on Monday.
It will have been a disappointing end contemplating Diaz-Naranjo was closely counted on to bump up Crew Philippines’ gold depend. The delegation additionally misplaced Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio after she misplaced her bout in ladies’s boxing.
Compelled to modify to a heavier class for her bid within the Olympics, the place her regular combating weight was scrubbed, Diaz-Naranjo completed with a mixed raise of 223 kilograms constructed on her 97 within the snatch and 126 within the clear and jerk.
North Korea’s Kim Ilgyong grabbed the gold medal, shattering all of the division’s information alongside the way in which. The 20-year-old lifter pushed the bar to 111 kg within the snatch and carried 133 within the clear and jerk for a complete of 246, setting a brand new world file and continental commonplace in each elite and junior divisions.
However the Asian Video games was by no means actually an occasion circled in Diaz-Naranjo’s calendar.
“This [Asian Games] isn’t a qualifier [to the Olympics]. I simply actually wished to compete right here,’’ mentioned Diaz-Narnjo.
However one thing about her efficiency had her happy.
“Up to now, so good. You noticed I’d tried 100 (kgs) [in the snatch] and 131 [in the clean and jerk]. It’s my first time making an attempt them and it made me understand how stronger I’ve grow to be,’’ mentioned Diaz-Naranjo, who used the occasion to check how she would fare towards the division’s high bets.
“All of them are robust, however I’m nonetheless completely happy. On the finish of the day, it’s Paris 2024 that issues,’’ she mentioned.China’s Luo Shifang was unseated as Asian champion and settled for the silver following a 240 effort on the power of a 107 within the snatch and 126 within the clear and jerk.Hsing Chun Kuo of Chinese language Taipei accomplished the rostrum with a 227 raise regardless of being hobbled by an injured left knee.
“I believe China would be the hardest competitor (in Paris) whereas Chinese language Taipei could possibly be second. I additionally must put up towards Ukraine, Columbia and Canada,’’ mentioned Diaz-Naranjo, who gained the Olympic gold within the ladies’s 55 kg.
Kim, the North Korean lifting surprise, gained’t be seeing motion in Paris.
In accordance with Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella, North Korean lifters could possibly be barred from collaborating within the Olympics since they refuse to endure doping assessments.
The 32-year-old Filipino weightlifting heroine is eyeing for a fifth consecutive look within the Olympics.
“From right here, I’ll go house and practice for [the] Qatar [World Cup],” she mentioned, as she hopes to place to make use of the insights gained from this “coaching” session with Asia’s finest.
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Diaz-Naranjo has already completed three of the 5 tournaments essential to make it to Paris. INQ