Weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz, Nestor Colonia next to see action for Philippines in Rio Olympics
Hidilyn Diaz battles 12 other weightlifters in the 53-kilogram division. Jerome Ascano

RIO DE JANEIRO — Following the early exits of three athletes in Day One of the Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia see action on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) in weightlifting.

Diaz and Colonia see action at the Riocentro Pavilion 2.

[See Philippine flag-bearer Ian Lariba bows out of Olympics after loss to Congo's Han Xing in Rio opener]

Diaz will compete beginning at 3:30 p.m. (2:30 a.m. Manila time), while Colonia is set for action at 7 p.m. (6 a.m. Manila time).

Diaz battles 12 other weightlifters in the 53kg division, confident after a bronze-medal win in the 2015 World Championship in Houston.

[See Swimmer Jessie Lacuna follows Ian Lariba on the sidelines after failing to advance in Rio Olympics]

Coach Alfonsito Aldanete is keeping expectations modest.

“Kung sa potential, malaki ang potential niya mag-medal. Pero ‘yung kalaban, ganun din. Hindi natin masabi dahil lahat naman nag-prepare sa laro,” said Aldanete in an interview in Manila.

[See Charly Suarez ends Olympic debut in tatters with split decision loss to Joe Cordina]

Colonia lifted 282 kilograms in last year’s world championship, fifth best in the Olympic qualification ranking list.




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