Hidilyn Diaz is carrying the burden of lots of expectations going into the Tokyo Olympics. —SHERWIN VARDELEON
Every so often through the video interview, Hidilyn Diaz would rub her palms collectively and exhale loudly, as if making an attempt to alleviate the constructing strain of the looming Tokyo Olympics.
She shoulders lots of the hope of a rustic nonetheless in search of its first Olympic gold; “The strain is so nice,” Diaz informed the Inquirer’s Sport’s IQ on Friday evening, deflecting expectations with a child-like smile.
There’s a cause why folks wish to her to finish a virtually century-long quest. Diaz was the silver medalist in her weightlifting division through the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the reigning World Cup champion. The unhealthy information is that her division will function China’s Liao Qiuyun, the world’s top-ranked lifter who reset data in Thailand through the latest World Championships.
The excellent news? In line with power and conditioning coach Julius Naranjo, we ain’t seen nothing but.“You [can] anticipate Hidilyn to carry weights that you simply’ve by no means seen earlier than,” he stated.
“She’s on monitor. She’s going to placed on a present, I’ll let you know that. Count on to see the very best Hidilyn so far.”
It’s a special Hidilyn Diaz, certainly, that can fly to Tokyo from her coaching base in Malaysia.
“I used to have superstitions,” the 30-year-old veteran stated. “Once I was younger, I used to imagine in lots of issues. That you simply’re to put on this and that as a fortunate appeal.”
“However now, I’ve none.
“I’m extra leaning in the direction of coaching laborious and coaching good,” Diaz added.
Efficiency-wise, she will likely be competing in Tokyo backed by a full staff—“Group HD,” she calls her squad.
That crew consists of Naranjo, Gao Kaiwen (weightlifting coach), Jeaneth Aro (nutritionist) and Dr. Karen Trinidad (psychologist).
She credit her staff, and supporters just like the MVP Sports activities Basis, for preserving her in tip-top form, targeted and prepared.
“You’re not simply going to win by displaying up,” she stated. “You’ll have to work laborious.”
And she or he has gave it her all in coaching, even getting weight points resolved as early as April. And she or he hopes that each one that onerous work will translate into the victory everyone seems to be hoping for. INQ
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