National weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is now looking at her body weight as she participates in the sixth qualifying tournament for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
His participation in the Asian weightlifting championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on April 16-25 is expected to formalize his participation in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics scheduled for July 23 to August 8.
“Kailangan ko lang kunin iyong body weight ko, kailangan ko lang makapag-perform nang maayos,” said a Zamboanga City native yesterday in an interview with Kick-Start Coffee Brewed Awakening from Malacca, Malaysia.
Sa Olympic qualifying ratings process ng IWF ay dapat lumahok ang mga Olympic aspirants sa anim na IWF-sanctioned competitions para makasikwat ng tiket sa quadrennial event.
“Number two na ako sa rankings kasi isa lang ang maglalaro sa mga Chinese. Kailangan ko lang maglaro ng isa pa (Olympic qualifying) para maka-qualify ako kasi lima pa lang iyong nalaruan ko,” said the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics silver medalist.
The 30-year-old Diaz, who has been in Malaysia for a year after being stranded due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is in No. 5 in the IIWF women’s 55-kilogram rankings under Chinese Jiang Huihua, Liao Qiuyun, Zhang Wanqiong and Li Jayun.
Diaz aspires to book his fourth Olympic stint ticket after 2008 (Beijing), 2012 (London) and 2016 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), to win gold in his division.
Diaz picked up gold at the 30th Southeast Asian Games last 2019.