Diaz hauls silver, bronze medals at 2017 Worlds

 

Editor’s note: The competitions were watched via the free livestreaming service of USA Weightlifting (https://www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live).

 

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (The Filipino Connection)—Hidilyn Diaz struggled in the snatch but came back quite strong in the clean and jerk to snatch silver and bronze medals in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships.

Hidilyn Diaz struggled in the snatch but came back quite strong in the clean and jerk to win two medals at the World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, USA. Here she hoisted 86kg. in the snatch that made her do some extra effort in the clean and jerk to snatch those silver (clean and jerk) and bronze (total lift) medals. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

Hidilyn Diaz struggled in the snatch but came back quite strong in the clean and jerk to win two medals at the World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, USA. Here she hoisted 86kg. in the snatch that made her do some extra effort in the clean and jerk to snatch those silver (clean and jerk) and bronze (total lift) medals. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

The Filipina Olympic Games silver medallist and the rest of the field lifting in the US city of Anaheim in California also witnessed a new world champion in Sopita Tanasan of Thailand. Unfortunately, reigning Olympic champion Hsu-Shu Ching of Chinese-Taipei decided not to finish the competition after finishing second in the snatch.

Diaz was second in the clean and jerk with 113kg., the same total posted by bronze winner Kristina Shermetova of Turkmenistan. Diaz hoisted 113kg. on her second attempt, as opposed to Shermetova on her third attempt.

Tanasan swept all three gold medals in the weight class: snatch, 96kg.; clean and jerk, 114kg.; total: 210kg.

Kristina Shermetova of Turkmenistan, silver in the overall lift and bronze medalist in both the snatch and clean and jerk. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

Kristina Shermetova of Turkmenistan, silver in the overall lift and bronze medalist in both the snatch and clean and jerk. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

Shermetova, a newbie in the weight class, was second overall with 204kg. and Diaz third with 199kg.

A missed first attempt at 83 kg. and another botched attempt at 90 kgs. cost Diaz in the snatch. She ended up with 86 kgs., made on her second attempt. Diaz’s snatch lift landed her in sixth place.

At the clean and jerk, Diaz had to sidestep in her first and second attempts (110 and 113kg., respectively) in order to heave up the barbell.

New world champion Sopita Tanasan of Thailand returned to the 53kg. class and swept the three gold medals in Anaheim (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

New world champion Sopita Tanasan of Thailand returned to the 53kg. class and swept the three gold medals in Anaheim (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

The revelation of the weight class is 53 kg. returnee Tanasan. She showed power in all three snatch attempts and in her first two clean and jerk hoists —all standing still after the hoist, smiling radiantly.

The interesting thing with the 23-year-old Tanasan was that she dropped in weight —from 53 to 48kgs.— last year. That tactic made Tanasan win the gold medal in the 48kg. weight class at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Diaz moved down to 53 from her original class of 58kg., the latter weight class that landed the Zamboanga City native to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

Tanasan was fourth in the total lift and snatch, and fifth in the clean and jerk, at the 2015 Championships held in another American city, Houston.

The medalists in the 53 kg. class that include Diaz (right) and reigning Olympic Champion Hsu-Shu Ching of Chinese-Taipei. Hsu did not finish the entire competition but managed a silver in the snatch behind Sopita Tanasan of Thailand (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

The medalists in the 53 kg. class that include Diaz (right) and reigning Olympic Champion Hsu-Shu Ching of Chinese-Taipei. Hsu did not finish the entire competition but managed a silver in the snatch behind Sopita Tanasan of Thailand (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

Diaz’s 86 kg. lift in the snatch is a far cry from her personal best of 96 kg. which she lifted in Houston. Diaz’s personal best in the snatch is 96kgs. (hoisted twice in 2015 at the Asian and World Championships); in the clean and jerk Diaz’s best is 118kg. (posted at the 2016 Asian Championships).

The heaviest and earliest valid lift in three given attempts, at either the snatch or clean and jerk, is the recorded lift. But a lifter who misses all three attempts at either the snatch or clean or jerk bombs out of the competition for the medals in the overall lift.

Unlike the Olympic Games that awards one gold medal only for the overall lift in a weight class, the World Championships awards three sets of medals: snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift.

The 2017 World Weightlifting Championships was marred by the banning of nine countries, including powerhouse China, from the competition. This is due to discovered cases of doping since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

In the 53kg. class, missing is 2015 World Championships silver medallist Chen Xiaoting.

The two medals from Diaz bring her World Championships medal count to five after her three bronze medals in Houston.

The Philippines now has won seven medals at the annual World Weightlifting Championships, counting the snatch bronze medal Nestor Colonia (men’s 56kg. class) won in Houston.

 

Diaz he misses on her first attempt in the snatch at 83kg. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

Diaz he misses on her first attempt in the snatch at 83kg. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After hoisting 86kg. successfully, Diaz missed 90 kg. on her final attempt at the snatch. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

After hoisting 86kg. successfully, Diaz missed 90 kg. on her final attempt at the snatch. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diaz posted 110kg. on her first clean and jerk attempt. She had to sidestep to her left five times to complete the lift. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

Diaz posted 110kg. on her first clean and jerk attempt. She had to sidestep to her left five times to complete the lift. (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time, and at a heavier 113 kg., Diaz sidestepped only twice to post a valid lift (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live).

This time, and at a heavier 113 kg., Diaz sidestepped only twice to post a valid lift (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reigning Olympic champion Hsu-Shu-Ching of Chinese-Taipei botched her final lift in the snatch. This lift also led her to a shoulder injury and she did not finish the competition (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live).

Reigning Olympic champion Hsu-Shu-Ching of Chinese-Taipei botched her final lift in the snatch. This lift also led her to a shoulder injury and she did not finish the competition (screengrab from www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live).

 

 

 

Erratum: Tanasan is not a newcomer in the 53kg. weight class, as earlier reported. Our apologies.

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