LU takes on Rio: Diaz ends medal drought with weightlifting silver


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Scott Mandziara | Reporter
August 8, 2016; 6 p.m.

Earning the Philippines’ first medal in the 2016 Olympic Games and ending a 20-year medal drought, future Lindenwood weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz earned a silver medal in Women’s 53kg on Aug. 7.

Lifting a total weight of 200kg, Diaz topped Korea’s YOON Jin Hee by 1 kg to secure second place. Her silver is the first medal won by her country in the sport of weightlifting.

After finishing just outside the top-ten in Beijing and failing to place in London four years ago, Diaz took on a new nutrition plan and an intensive training program to prepare for Rio. Leading up to the games, she also competed in the 2015 Southeast Asian Championships and Asian Championships, winning three gold medals.

Diaz has said this will be her final time competing in the Olympics.

The last time a Filipino athlete brought home a medal was during the 1996 Olympic Games when boxer Mansueto Velasco fell short of winning gold in “The Robbery in Atlanta.”

Diaz is expected to attend LU this spring to pursue a degree in exercise science.