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Hidilyn Diaz on Olympic gold dreamers: 'The more the merrier'

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Hidilyn Diaz feels happy that Asian skate queen Margielyn Didal is also aiming for an Olympic gold

GIRL POWER. Hidilyn Diaz is happy that Margielyn Didal also shares the same Olympic gold dream as her. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz considered retirement before Asiad triumph

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:17 PM

After sacrificing so much, the Filipina weightlifting star almost hung up her spurs after bagging silver in the 2016 Olympics

CHAMP. Hidilyn Diaz is given a hero's welcome by the Philippine Air Force for her gold-winning stint in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Iran's Moradi smashes weightlifting's oldest world record

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Sohrab Moradi breaks the snatch record set by Greece's Akakios Kakiasvilis in 1999

RECORD-BREAKER. Sohrab Moradi of Iran performs a lift to break the world record in the Asiad men's 94kg class  weightlifting event. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

PH golden girl Hidilyn Diaz got a fan in Chris Tiu

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The veteran Gilas guard reveals he has been following the weightlifting star's career way back in the 2012 London Olympics

INSPIRATION. Chris Tiu draws inspiration from the Philippines' Asian Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz. Photos from Asian Games website (Tiu) and Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz)

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz on journey to Asian Games gold

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:16 PM

It was pure hard work and grit that have kept the Philippine weightlifting star on top

Snappy salute: PH hails Hidilyn Diaz for Asian Games lift

Aug 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Netizens say Hidilyn Diaz's golden feat eases the pain of the basketball team's 2-point loss against China

TRIUMPHANT. Hidilyn Diaz celebrates at the podium during the victory ceremony for the women's 53kg weightlifting event. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

I miss cheesecake! Hidilyn reveals sacrifice on path to glory

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:44 PM

After all the hard work, the country's weightlifting star hopes to indulge in a guilty passion

TEARFUL. Hidilyn Diaz turns emotional after winning the Philippines' first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Golden delight: Hidilyn Diaz bags first PH gold

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:34 AM

The weightlifting star's gold-winning performance propels the Philippines to 14th place in the 2018 Asian Games on Tuesday, August 21

FIRST GOLD. Hidilyn Diaz nabs her first ever Asian Games gold medal. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz gold worth P6M

Aug 22, 2018 - 12:10 AM

Another cash windfall awaits the Philippine weightlifting standout after reigning in the 2018 Asian Games

TRIUMPHANT. Gold medal winner Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines (center) celebrates at the podium with silver medalist Kristina Shermetova of Turkmenistan (left) and bronze winnerKhambao Surodchana of Thailand. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz gives PH first 2018 Asian Games gold

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Olympic silver medalist delivers a golden performance with a total lift of 207 kg


GOLD. After 4 bronze medals, the Philippines wins its first gold in the 2018 Asian Games thanks to Hidilyn Diaz. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Pressure hardly weighs down Hidilyn Diaz

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The 2016 Olympic silver medalist stays focused on her bid to bring home an Asian Games gold

COMEBACK. Hidilyn Diaz hopes to show that she's still among Asia's best.

Nestor Colonia falls short in Asiad redemption bid

Aug 20, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The 2016 Olympian fails to reach his personal best record once again

FALLING SHORT. Nestor Colonia fails to redeem himself from the lackluster two years. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz, Nestor Colonia out to end Asian Games wait

Aug 19, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Olympians Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia aim to capture the medal that eluded them

Nam Joo-Hyuk's dream role: A 'couch potato'

Jul 30, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The 'Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo' star also said that he'd like to work with Sandara Park for a romantic comedy

COUCH POTATO JOO-HYUK. Asked for his dream, Nam Joo-Hyuk says he'd like to be a 'couch potato.' Photo courtesy of Penshoppe

IN PHOTOS: Nam Joo-Hyuk, Sandara Park at Penshoppe FanCon 2018

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Sandara and Joo-Hyuk walked the runway in Penshoppe's pre-holiday collection, to the delight of Filipino fans

HALLYU LOVE. Korean stars Nam Joo-Hyuk and Sandara Park visit the Philippines for Penshoppe's 2018 FanCon. Photo courtesy of Penshoppe

Hidilyn Diaz's success inspires rising Filipina weightlifters

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Rosegie Ramos and Jane Linette Hipolito are looking to follow the footsteps of the country's only female Olympic silver medalist

INSPRIATION. Hidilyn Diaz takes responsibility of guiding the young weightlifters who are the future of Philippine sports. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz assured of 2018 Asian Games slot

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:21 PM

The Olympic silver medalist will don the country's colors again after missing the 2017 SEA Games

ASIAN GAMES RETURN. Hidilyn Diaz will return to the Asian Games for the first time since 2006. Photo from EPA.

PH Weightlifting federation appeals to POC for more slots in 2018 Asian Games

May 29, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Federation president Monico Puentevella endorses 7 promising weightlifters to see action in Indonesia

CALL FOR PRIORITY. SWP president Monico Puentevella wants to continue the success set by Hidilyn Diaz in the Rio Olympics through the Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

LOOK: List of PSC's 10 priority sports in 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:31 PM

These are the top 10 sports that will receive a bigger share of the government's allocated budget

BANNERING. (from left to right) weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanable and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo. Photo by presidential photo (Diaz), PSC-POC Media Group (Watanabe), Munehiro Kugimiya's Facebook page (Yulo)

Korean actor Ji Soo returns to PH to meet Filipino fans

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'I will be so excited to see all of you. Let’s get to know each other more and better and have a gorgeous time,' says the Korean actor to his Pinoy fans

Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta grabs powerlifting gold in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Veteran para athlete Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta picked up another gold for the Philippines as she dominated the women’s over 86-kg powerlifting event in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games

GOLD FINISH. Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, the first athlete from the Philippines to ever medal at the Paralympics, added another gold to her legacy. Photo from Dumapong-Ancheta's Facebook

Hidilyn Diaz misses SEA Games, looks forward to 2019 edition

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:58 PM

The 26 year old was denied a chance to give the Philippines a gold medal after host Malaysia scrapped women s weightlifting from this year s Southeast Asian Games

MISSING SEA GAMES. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz admits she misses the SEA Games atmosphere. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Knee injury hampers lifter Colonia for sorry finish in SEA Games

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:04 PM

Colonia says he isn t disappointed by the result probably because he did not expect to medal but his frustration from the failed clean and jerk lifts still shows

INJURED. Nestor Colonia competes despite a knee injury at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH's lone lifter Colonia falls way short of SEA Games podium finish

Aug 28, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Rio Olympian Nestor Colonia lifts a total of 253kg 113kg in the snatch and 140kg in the clean and jerk to finish just above Myanmar

HEAVY LIFTING. Nestor Colonia had been hampered by a knee injury prior to the SEA Games, but managed to lift a total of 253kg. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

10 Filipino athletes to look out for in 2017 SEA Games

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Here s a short list of some of the outstanding Filipino athletes who will see action at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

‘Weightlifting Fairy’ couple Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk split

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:31 PM

In the popular K drama the actors played childhood friends who fall in love

WEIGHTLIFTING FAIRY. The on-screen and off-screen couple end their relationship, breaking the hearts of millions of fans. Photo from Instagram.com/heybiblee

Lifter Colonia braces for Olympic-level competition at SEA Games 2017

Aug 06, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Nestor Colonia will also be competing with an injured knee at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia late this month

JUST LIKE OLYMPICS. Nestor Colonia will face his Rio Olympics foes at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. He will also be competing through a hurt knee. File Photo by Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz dreams of seeing weightlifting at Palarong Pambansa

May 02, 2017 - 11:44 PM

The potential inclusion of weightlifting in Palaro is currently still in initial discussions stage

WEIGHTLIFTING AT PALARO? Filipino Olympic weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz hopes to see her sport at Palarong Pambansa. File photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

VIRAL: Netizens asking their crushes if they like Messi

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Why are people asking you if you like Messi? Here s why

MESSI. Screenshot from an episode of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju where the lead character asked her crush if he liked Messi.

IN PHOTOS: Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz watches UAAP live for first time

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Diaz watches courtside with her parents and gamely cheers for La Salle

ANIMO. Olympian Hidilyn Diaz cheers for De La Salle University during a UAAP game against University of Santo Tomas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Hidilyn Diaz receives Congressional medal, monetary award

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The Olympic silver medalist receives P1 5 million collected in donations from at least 260 congressmen

Hidilyn Diaz silver medalist in 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil receives a Congressional Medal of Distinction and a monetary award of P1.5 million from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during the first regular session of the 17th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Plenary Hall on Wednesday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

IWF site hacked as Iranians protest Olympic lifting 'conspiracy'

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:08 PM

Having broken a world record in a previous round Behdad Salimikordasiabi is disqualified when Olympic officials ruled he had failed to register a total in the clean and jerk

LOOK: Hidilyn Diaz's P5 million check for earning Olympic silver

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz won t have to wait long to receive her bonus after ending the country s 20 year medal drought

INCENTIVE. Hidilyn Diaz's P5 million check for earning a silver medal in Rio is ready and waiting for her. Photo from Charles Maxey's Facebook

Drug offender claims Olympic weightlifting gold

Aug 11, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Nijat Rahimov a Kazakh lifter who served a two year ban for illegal substances smashed a world record at the Rio Games in the men s 77kg division

GOLDEN COMEBACK. Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan celebrates after a successful lift. He was suspended by the IWF in 2013 for testing positive for banned steroids Oxandrolone and Dehydromethyltestosterone. Photo by Larry W Smith/EPA

WATCH: Olympic weightlifter dislocates elbow in horrifying accident

Aug 11, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan is rushed to the hospital in agony after his left elbow pops out during a lift attempt

HORROR SNAP. Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan attempted to lift 195kg in the clean and jerk when things turned south. Photo by Larry W Smith/EPA

Hidilyn Diaz flies home as hero's welcome awaits

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Weightlifter Diaz the Philippines first medalist in 20 years will return to the Philippines as a conquering hero after earning silver in Rio

epa05462511 Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines competes during the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Hidilyn Diaz leads rally cry for additional Olympic medals

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:55 PM

The Olympic silver medalist hopes the remaining 7 athletes can secure the Philippines biggest medal haul since 1932

SILVER. Hidilyn Diaz has become the toast of Philippine sports with her silver medal finish. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Meet Alfonsito Aldanete, the weightlifting coach who helped Diaz win silver

Aug 09, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Alfonsito Aldanete the Philippine team s Olympic weightlifting coach once aspired to be a boxer Now he s molding the next generation of PH lifters

epa05462666 Hidilyn Diaz (R) of the Philippines celebrates with her coach after winning the silver medal in the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

After Rio loss, PH weightlifter Colonia looks ahead to Tokyo 2020

Aug 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The first time Olympian is already setting his sights on the next Olympics 4 years from now in Tokyo

Nestor Colonia of the Philippines competes during the men's 56kg category competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

PH weightlifter Nestor Colonia shuts down basher on Facebook

Aug 08, 2016 - 11:32 PM

Filipino Olympian Nestor Colonia slays in the comments section in response to criticism

Nestor Colonia of the Philippines competes during the men's 56kg category competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz eats pizza after winning Olympic silver

Aug 08, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Diaz indulges herself in pizza and adobo after her Olympic success

epa05462707 Hsu Shu-ching (C) of Taiwan poses with her gold medal on the podium after winning the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. Hsu Shu-ching won ahead of second placed Hidilyn Diaz (L) of the Philippines and third placed Yoon Jin-hee (R) of South Korea. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Hidilyn Diaz to be awarded housing unit, P5 million for Olympic silver

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:54 PM

Hidilyn Diaz will also have her proposed weightlifting gym in Zamboanga sponsored by the PSC and a ticker tape parade on August 11

SILVER REWARD. Hidilyn Diaz will get a nice bonus for ending the Philippines' medal drought at the Olympics. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

For PH weightlifting legends, Hidilyn Diaz's silver a proud moment

Aug 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Many of the top Filipino weightlifters from the sport s golden era died in anonymity Hidilyn Diaz s Olympic silver brought tears to the eyes of surviving pioneers

Thai Olympic medalist's grandmother dies celebrating win

Aug 08, 2016 - 5:02 PM

The octogenarian was watching a live broadcast of her grandson weightlifter Sinphet Kruaithong earning bronze when she collapsed and died

BITTERSWEET. Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand earned bronze in Rio but suffered heartbreak at home. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

Hidilyn Diaz hoped for Olympic bronze, feels blessed by silver

Aug 08, 2016 - 3:26 PM

That’s all I wanted a bronze medal But God gave me the silver medal says Diaz who ended the Philippines 20 year wait for its tenth Olympic medal

SILVER SMILE. Hidilyn Diaz waves and smiles after a successful lift. She was the first Filipina to earn an Olympic medal. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

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Palace leads praise for Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Aug 08, 2016 - 10:20 AM

UPDATED [Diaz s] road to Rio is a journey of grit patience and determination which ended a 20 year long medal drought for the Philippines

PHILIPPINES' PRIDE. Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz celebrates during the women's 53kg weightlifting event at the Rio 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016. Goh Chai Hin/AFP

PH weightlifter Nestor Colonia falls short of Olympic medal

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:39 AM

Colonia does not register a successful lift in the clean and jerk as he drops out of competition

Netizens congratulate silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz for ending Olympic drought

Aug 08, 2016 - 6:19 AM

Twitter users celebrate Philippines first Olympic medal in 20 years