Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz conquered the Weightlifting World Cup in Rome, Italy after smashing the competition in the women’s 55kg category.
Diaz lifted 93kg in the snatch and 119kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 212kg, running away with three gold medals.
Kamila Konotop of Ukraine took two silvers with total lift of 196kg and 90kg lift in the snatch. Kristina Novitskaia of Russia seized the silver in clean and jerk with a 109kg lift.
Meanwhile, Nouha Landoulsi of Tunisia claimed three bronzes with 194kg total lift, 86kg in the snatch, and 108kg in the clean and jerk.
Earlier, Southeast Asian Games silver medalist John Fabuar Ceniza bagged the bronze medal in the men’s 61kg category. He lifted 117 in the snatch and 152 in the clean and jerk for a total of 269kg.
Diaz, who is no. 4 in the 2019 Annual Ranking, is aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in July. Eight lifters will qualify based on world points from the IWF Absolute Ranking which will be released in May.
Fourteen lifters per weight category will qualify for Tokyo. Five slots will be determined from continental points, while one lifter from the host country or tripartite invitation will take the remaining slot. —MGP, GMA News