Diaz leads charge of RP weightlifters
With an untested bet and an ailing veteran leading the charge, the Philippines snatched four gold medals, three silvers and seven bronzes in a smashing campaign in the recent Asian youth and junior weightlifting championships in Dubai.
Hidilyn Diaz, a Southeast Asian Games medalist and Olympic veteran at 18, came down with chicken pox a few days before the competition but still managed to recover in time to lead the country´s charge. She topped the snatch event for the 58kg junior division and also turned in a bronze in the total event.
But it was first-timer Maybelyn Pablo who stole the thunder for Team Philippines as she captured gold medals in the 18-under snatch, clean and jerk, and total events in the 69kg youth category. (By Marc Anthony Reyes)