Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo has decided to move up a weight class for Paris 2024 and got a glimpse of just how formidable potential medal foes Luo Xiaomin of China and Yenny Alvarez of Colombia will be.
The Filipina heroine then bravely declared her optimism in overcoming the challenge.
Díaz-Naranjo’s possible swan song could come in dazzling Paris, France, in less than two years, where he will move up to the 59kg category after the 55kg division he ruled in Tokyo, Japan, over Luo, was eliminated for the title. next Games.
“I saw the competition at 59kg, and from what I saw, I think I can do it,” Díaz-Naranjo said upon arriving from the recent International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in Bogotá, Colombia, where he broke his event drought with gold medals in the snatch, clean and jerk, and total in the 55kg division.
“There will be no vacation for me and my team. I will immediately return to the gym and on December 23 I will go to Jalajala, Rizal, to train with the children at the HD academy,” said Díaz-Naranjo.
A World Cup gold was the only thing missing from the collection for Diaz-Naranjo, who also has championships at the Asian Games, the Asian Championship and the Southeast Asian Games.
“It’s going to be difficult, but I’ve already prepared a mentality focused on that,” said Díaz-Naranjo, aiming to qualify for the sixth consecutive Olympic Games in the French capital in less than two years.
Díaz-Naranjo dominated his class in Bogotá with ease after lifting 93kg in the snatch and 114kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 207kg.
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