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    London trip sealed as lifter Diaz raises bar

    Jun 11, 2012

    After getting a free ticket the last time, Hidilyn Diaz has officially made the grade and will again see action in the Olympics.

    A wildcard entrant in the 2008 Beijing Games, the 21-year-old Diaz has officially been confirmed for the 2012 London Olympics by the International Weightlifting Federation for her strong showing this year.

    The qualification summary by the IWF showed Diaz was among the nine lifters — three in the female category —who were given individual slots.

    Her lift of 217kg was fourth-best in her 58kg division weight class during the Asian Championships in Korea in April, but it did not automatically earn her an Olympic slot.

    The IWF needed to compare her performance with lifters from other countries, which meant a long agonizing wait for the results of other qualifying tournaments, the last of which was the Oceania qualifying held over the weekend.

    The Zamboanga native, who finished 10th out of 11 competitors in the 2008 Beijing Games, is now ranked ninth in the world.

    The other Filipinos who will participate in the Olympics this year are boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, judoka Tomohiko Hoshina, shooter Brian Rosario, long jumper Marestella Torres, steeplechaser Rene Herrera, swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Khing Lacuna and BMX rider Daniel Caluag.

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