February 6, 2023

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Hidilyn bags 3 golds at World Championships

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo has added to her colorful career the world champion title.

The 31-year-old Zamboanga City native ruled the 55-kilogram category of the World Championships of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) in Bogota, Colombia.

Diaz-Naranjo won the title with a total lift of 207kgs, winning a total of three gold medals as she also had the best scores in snatch and in clean and jerk.

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The Athlete of the Year of the Philippine Sportswriter Association had a lift of 93kgs in snatch and had 114kgs in the clean and jerk.

Diaz tried at 117 and 121 but registered no-lift in both attempts.

The gold medals were the first for Diaz-Naranjo in the world championship, which came a year after she gave the Philippines its first gold medal in the Olympics.

In her career, she has now won at every level, adding her latest feat to her golds in the Southeast Asian Games, the Asian Games, Asian Championship, the Asian Indoor and Mixed Martial Arts Games, and the World Cup.