Hidilyn Diaz bags 2 bronze medals at 2019 IWF World Championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019   •   407

Hidilyn Diaz bagged 2 bronze medals at the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday (September 20).

Diaz competed for the 55kg category. She won her first bronze after lifting 121 kg in clean and jerk discipline. She lifted 93 kg in the snatch category, ranking in eight place and lifting a total of 214 kg.

Diaz said, “It is a privilege given by God to represent my beloved country.”

Meanwhile, Liao Qiuyun of China took home the gold medal with a total of 227kg. She lifted 129 kg and second in snatch with 98kg.—AAC

PH keeps lead in SEA Games last day medal tally

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

Team Philippines has securely kept the top spot in the medal tally as the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games ended on Wednesday (December 11).

As of December 10 at 10:00 p.m., the Philippines has collected 149 gold, 117 silver, and 119 bronze, securing a total of 385 medals. The country is set to win the overall championship during the closing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

The final day of competition of the #2019SEAGames saw the Philippines officially claiming the title as overall champion of the biennial regional sports event,” according to the 2019 SEA Games’ official Facebook.

Vietnam was able to snare the second spot with 96 golds while Thailand settled for the third spot with 92 golds.

The SEA Games closing ceremony will be held at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium starting at 4:00 p.m.—AAC

Nesthy Petecio punches gold in SEA Games boxing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

Nesthy Petecio (L) of Philippines celebrates after winning gold in the Boxing Women’s Featherweight (57kg) final match against Ni Nwe Oo (L) of Myanmar at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 09 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Philippine boxing bet Nesthy Petecio clinched another gold for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games women’s featherweight finals on Monday (December 9).

Petecio defeated Myanmar’s New Ni Oo by a unanimous decision. This is Petecio’s first SEA Games gold and the sixth gold medal for the Philippine boxing team.

In an interview with reporters, Petecio said that at first she felt pressured and nervous in going to the finals.

“Ang bigat po talaga, lalo na nung sasabihin nila ‘nanalo ka sa world so panalong-panalo ka na rito’, (It felt really heavy, especially when they said ‘you won in the world so you can win this’)” she said.

She recalled that she just prayed and stopped thinking about all the pressure in order for her to focus on the game.—AAC

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Finally! Three medals for Timor Leste

Marje Pelayo   •   December 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Timor Leste did not fail its fans four days before the end of the 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) as it finally bagged its first medal on Saturday (December 7).

READ: Go Timor-Leste! Pinoy netizens cheer as the country vies for their first medal

What’s interesting is that the medal belongs to a first timer in the regional games and has trained for only seven months.

Taekwondo jin Imbrolia De Araujo Dos Reis Amorin assured a bronze medal in the women’s -57kg division to the delight especially of her Filipinos fans.

Apart from Amorin, two more medals will be awarded to Timor Leste as flyweight Jose Barreto Quintas Da Silva and light heavyweight Frederico Soares Sarmento both emerged third placers in boxing on Sunday (December 8).

The two boxers will have their chance on the podium on Monday as the boxing match ends at the PICC Forum Hall in Pasay City.

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