Olympian Hidilyn Diaz, one of the hot SEA Games gold medal prospect, failed to deliver and settled for the silver medal Sunday afternoon in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Theinphyu Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar.
Diaz lifted a total of 124kg in the women’s 58kg weightlifting, enough only to win the silver.
The gold medal was won by Sukanya Srisurat from Thailand who lifted a new sea game record total of 225kg, while Bich Lam Thi from Vietnam grabbed the bronze with an overall lift of 201kg.
Srisurat and Diaz tied at 102kg in the snatch event. The Thai weightlifter then lifted only 115kg in her first attempt of the clean and jerk, while Diaz successfully lifted 122kg to take the lead in the first attempt with a total lift of 224kg.
Hoping to take the lead over Diaz, Srisurat then attempted to lift 123kg in her second lift to but failed.
Diaz then attempted to lift 125kg in her second lift, but also failed.
In the last lift of the clean and jerk, Srisurat successfully lifted the 123kg taking her total lift to 225kg, while Diaz again failed to lift the 125kg; thus Diaz ended the game still a total lift of 124kg, 1 kilogram lesser to gold medal winner Srisurat’s 225kg.
Fellow weightlifter Jeffrey Garcia failed to medal in the men’s 62kg event. He lifted a total of 280kg, not enough to upstage Myint Kyi for the bronze (289kg).
Indonesia’s Eko Yuli Irawan took the gold with 304kg lift, while Trung Le Quang taking the silver with his 291kg total lift.
Philippines’ weightlifting campaign in this year’s SEA Games has ended today, delivering only a single medal from their two member team.