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Hidilyn Diaz says China team mad at her Chinese coach for not sharing extent of her strength

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Philippine Hidilyn Diaz competes in the women’s 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Hidilyn Diaz says China team mad at her Chinese coach for not sharing extent of her strength

MANILA, Philippines – Weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz revealed on Thursday that the China team reportedly got angry with their Chinese coach when he did not share with them the extent of the Filipino star’s strength, which allowed him to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Team HD” weightlifting coach Gao Kaiwen was first selected to join Diaz’s team, with the help of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), after winning gold in the category. of 53 kg at the 2018 Asian Games.

“China can’t believe I’m that strong, so of course Coach too, he hasn’t shared with China. China is also a little angry with him because he hasn’t shared where he is. find my strength, ”Diaz said in an interview with the ANC.

(China couldn’t believe I’m that strong, so of course Coach didn’t share that with China. They were a little mad at him because he didn’t share the extent of my strength. )

“Of course what I do is ‘why did he share?’ He is there to work, to work for me to strengthen me. So of course we have mixed feelings because it’s political, international [issue]… Yung natin sea. There was no war, but I represented the Philippines, I defeated China, ”she added.

(Of course I was like ‘why would he share?’ He’s here to work and make me stronger. There are mixed feelings, with the political, international issue. [with] our sea. Although there is no war, I was able to represent the Philippines and defeat China.)

Gao, a former head coach of the Chinese Army Women’s National Team, had teamed up with conditioning coach Julius Naranjo to bolster Diaz’s strength for the Tokyo Olympics.

Diaz conquered the 55-kilogram women’s weightlifting competition in Tokyo, ending the Philippines’ 97-year-old quest for an Olympic gold medal.

The Zamboanga-born athlete also lifted a record combined weight of 224kg, including a Games mark of 127kg in the clean and jerk.

But according to Diaz, the Chinese side did not expect them to lift so much weight.

“Because they think about me, for how many competitions I have done my total is only 214 kg, 215, 212 and they haven’t seen my best. So they said, ‘Oh no, it’s not going to win, Diaz, it’s not, it’s impossible.’ So during the match, they were surprised that I was strong, ”she added.

(For so long, with the competitions I have been in, they thought I could only lift a total of 214 kg, 215, 212 and they didn’t see my best. ‘No, Diaz won’t win, that’ is impossible. ‘So when the games came, they were shocked at how strong I really was.)

China is a powerlifting powerhouse. The country has won four gold and one silver, so far in Tokyo, Diaz’s toughest opponent Liao Quiyun.

“If you see, five out of five, now maybe nine out of ten, they all have gold medals. I caught one, and I still have an Olympic record… I can’t believe it, ”she added.

(They usually win five out of five gold medals, for example, but now they’ve only won nine out of 10. I was able to win one and I also set an Olympic record… I can’t believe him.)

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