WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz on journey to Asian Games gold

Beatrice Go

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WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz on journey to Asian Games gold
It was pure hard work and grit that have kept the Philippine weightlifting star on top

JAKARTA, Indonesia – After emerging as the country’s first female Olympic medalist in 2016, Hidilyn Diaz knows that expectations will always be high.

Diaz admits that she occasionally succumbs to pressure, but thankfully, she managed to brush it off in the 2018 Asian Games and deliver the Philippines’ first gold medal. 

Days before, umiiyak na ako kasi ni-let go ko na yung pressure, kung dadalhin ko sa laro, di ko magawa (getting the gold),” recalled Diaz.

(Days before, I was already crying because I let go of all the pressure. If I brought that to my performance, I wouldn’t have gotten the gold.)

Although the country’s golden girl has yet to get a well-deserved rest, she’s starting to reap the benefits of her sacrifices. And there’s also that renewed confidence that got Diaz back on her bid for the 2020 Olympic gold. –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.