Hidilyn Diaz captures second straight SEA Games gold medal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) – Filipino weightlifting pride Hidilyn Diaz achieved another golden finish for the country as she clinched her second straight Southeast Asian Games gold medal on Friday.

Diaz lifted a total of 206 kilograms, ruling the women’s 55kg division in the 31st SEA Games weightlifting competition held at the Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Center in Vietnam.

In the snatch event, Diaz and eventual silver medalist Sanikun Tanasan were in a tight battle for the lead.

The Thai weightlifter aced the 85 and 90 kg lifts in her first two attempts, while the Filipina recorded a higher finish after lifting 90 and 92 kg.

Tanasan was successful in lifting the SEA Games snatch division record of 93 kg to hold a one-kilogram lead as Diaz failed to lift 94 kg in her last attempt.

In the clean and jerk category, Tanasan had a strong start after acing the 104 and 110 kg lifts.

This motivated the Zamboaguena weightlifting star to begin her clean and jerk first attempt with 114 kg, which she successfully lifted.

Tanasan tried to match the 114-kg lift of Diaz in her final clean and jerk attempt but she failed to pass it, paving the way for a gold medal finish for the Filipina.

Diaz tried the 118 and 121 kg lifts in her final two attempts, but did not make the cut.

The Thai weightlifting ace finished with a total of 203 kgs, while Indonesia’s Natasya Beteyob won the bronze medal with a total lift of 188 kgs.

Diaz ruled the same event in 2019, two years before winning the country's first Olympic gold medal in Japan.

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