HIDILYN Diaz copped a silver and two bronze medals in the women’s 53-kg division of the 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Diaz, seeking her third Olympic appearance, claimed the silver medal in the clean-and-jerk with a lift of 118 kilograms to finish second behind Chen Xiaoting of China, who topped the event with 125 kilograms.
The 25-year-old Diaz won the bronze in the snatch after tallying 90 kilograms behind Chen (96) and Zhang Wanqiong of China (95).
The Zamboanga native finished third in the total event after accumulating 208 kilograms to claim her other bronze medal. Chen (221 kg) and Zhang (211) won the gold and silver respectively.
A wild card entry in Beijing and qualifier for the London Olympics, Diaz is awaiting official communication from the international federation about her entry to the Rio de Janeiro games.
The performances of weightlifters from countries who have yet to gain Olympic places through qualifying tournaments are considered. A number of athletes still make it to the quadrennial games based on an Olympic Qualification Ranking List.
Diaz made a strong showing in the 2015 World Weightlifting Championship in Houston, winning three bronze medals in the total, clean-and-jerk, and snatch events.