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    Doubts crept in during long break but Hidilyn Diaz hopes to get competitive juices flowing in Asian meet

    Sep 7, 2017

    HIDILYN Diaz admitted having doubts during the long break after the Rio Olympics and the comeback stint at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be crucial in her bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    "Nacha-challenge ako kasi after one year, eto 'yung comeback ko," said Diaz in a roundtable discussion with reporters arranged by her school College of Saint Benilde.

    "Sa training ko, maraming questions kung kaya ko pa ba, kung kaya ko pa i-doble o gawin 'yung ginawa ko sa Rio, 'yung disiplina sa pagkain, 'yung sakripisyo. Makikita natin (sa AIMAG)," said Diaz.

    This early, the Rio games weightlifting silver medalist is feeling the pressure as the Philippines eyes the Tokyo Games.

    "Isa rin 'yun sa linalabanan ko. Kuntento na ba ako o gusto ko pa bang lumaban. Sabi ko kailangan maging committed ako sa ginagawa ko, kailangan determinado ako sa ginagawa ko," Diaz said.

    "Nape-pressure ako sa sarili ko. Iniisip ko kung kaya ko pa ba kasi medyo nag-relax ako for four months. Para akong nagkaroon ng midlife crisis. Maraming sakit, maraming iyak kung kaya ko pa bang ibalik. Kaya pala 'yung ibang champions or medalist ng Olympics, nagku-quit na after winning kasi mahirap mag-maintain at i-sustain 'yung lakas at disiplina after ng mga biyayang bigay sayo," said Diaz.

    Diaz also admitted the general condition of Philippine sports was also in her mind during the gear-up for the AIMAG.

    "Pinagpatuloy ko ang weightlifting. After one year, wala pa rin pagbabago sa Philippine sports at sa weightlifting. Sorry pero 'yun ang totoo. Siguro after 2020, baka may pagbabago na kung manalo ako, mapatunayan ko sa kanila. 'Yung barbell, ganun pa rin, 'yung training venue, ganun pa rin. Walang pagbabago. Kailan," said Diaz, without mentioning specifics.

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    Diaz, however, stresses she is eager to compete and determined to produce results. She is targeting 95kg in the snatch and 120kg in the clean-and-jerk, better than the 88kg and 112kg she accomplished in Rio.

    "Lahat naman ng atleta, may trials at may challenges. Tignan natin. Wala naman sa ugali ko 'yung susuko," added Diaz, who has lifted more that her target for the AIMAG during the Hidilyn Diaz Weightlifting Championship last July but at a heavier weight class.

    "Nagte-training ako, grabe 'yung preparation ko, grabe 'yung disiplina. Kung wala akong makitang progress, madi-discourage ako. Kailangan may progress ako. Gusto ko first (place) ako," said Diaz.

    The Turkmenistan joust is also part of her preparations for the World Championship set November in Anaheim, California.

    "Kinakabahan na na-eexcite ako sa resulta ng laro ko," she added.

    "Mas okay din na maglaro para hindi ako mag-relax. After ng pagpunta namin ng Rio, nag-relax ako. Ang hirap bumalik," said Diaz.

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