Pinay weightlifters train for world championships

 LAKEWOOD, CA — The road to a return trip to the Olympic podium goes through Disneyland.

2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is now racking it up and pushing through with her training for this week’s International Weightlifting Federation world championships in Anaheim.

“Ok naman sila. We’re focusing on what they’re going to do to perform. Yung Target naman natin is to achieve yung goal namin ma Luna nila Yung highest performances talaga,” said coach Tony Agustin.

The 26-year-old Diaz took home bronze in the 2015 championships in Houston, Texas. She’s confident that she can climb up the podium this year.

For this round, Diaz is bringing company — 21-year-old Kristel Macrohon, the bronze medalist from last September’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan.

The championships kicked off today at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Diaz will compete in the 53-kilo category on Thursday the 30th, while Macrohon takes the 69-kilo platform on December 2nd.

They’re expecting Filipino supporters to come out in full force.

While they’re hoping for medals, strong performances can help secure points needed to qualify for the 2020 Games.

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