MANILA, Philippines – Filipno weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz failed to clear the clean and jerk in the women’s 58kg weightlifting event in the London Olympics, Monday night, July 30.
In weightlifting, the aim is to lift the heaviest weight possible. Lifters are given three attempts at the Snatch, and three more at the Clean and Jerk. Their best scores for each are then added together for their final score.
The no lift meant Diaz was automatically eliminated.
Diaz started well, lifting 97-kg in the snatch during her second and third attempt. It was the second heaviest weight in her group.
But Diaz was unable to replicate her success in the Clean and Jerk. Trying three times, she failed to lift 118-kg.
Diaz, who was also the flag bearer during the opening ceremonies, holds the Philippine record of 219-kg for the 58-kg event. She has lifted a 96-kg in the snatch, and 123-kg in the clean and jerk.
Filipinos followed the athlete as she competed, cheering for her on social media site Twitter where she was the fifth trending topic in the Philippines, Monday night.
When she failed in her third attempt, netizens tweeted their support despite the disappointment.
User @ageofbrillig tweeted, “Thank you Hidilyn Diaz! May you continue representing the Philippines and doing us proud!”
Filipino taekwondo athlete Japoy Lizardo (@japoy_lizardo) posted, “Still proud of Hidilyn Diaz I know she did her best! Fighting for our country! You guys are our hero!! #London2012”
A fan even called for increased support for the weightlifter from Zamboanga. User @kingdelrosario said, “I officially declare tomorrow, July 31, 2012 GMT+8 as the National Day of Sportsmanship. Go Hidilyn Diaz! You make us proud. #London2012.”
In 2008, Diaz competed at the Beijing Olympics as the Philippine’s first female weightlifter. She was only 17 years old.
Not allowing her young age to hold her back, Diaz placed 11th overall in the women’s 58 kg weightlifting event. This feat led her to receive a special mention from the UK Daily Telegraph, where she was named a “star performer.” – Rappler.com