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Get Olympics-ready with Hidilyn Diaz's quarantine workout

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Check out how Hidilyn Diaz continues her Olympic preparations under quarantine in Malaysia

Colombia lockdown puts Hidilyn Diaz's Olympics return on the line

Mar 15, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz becomes a victim of a travel ban in Colombia, where her last Olympic qualifier will be held

GOLDEN. Hidilyn Diaz rides on her 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medal stint. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz bags 3 golds in 2020 Roma World Cup

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:27 PM

Filipina star Hidilyn Diaz impresses with a sweep of the 2020 Roma Weightlifting World Cup

ROAD TO TOKYO. Hidilyn Diaz further boosts her chances of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Screenshot from Youtube

'No holidays': Hidilyn Diaz on track for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:26 PM

Hidilyn Diaz wants to boost her world ranking as the Philippine weightlifting star competes in the penultimate Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifier

MOMENTUM. Hidilyn Diaz rides on her golden performance in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Pressured' Hidilyn Diaz draws inspiration from home crowd

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Before bagging the SEA Games gold, weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz admits feeling nervous as her parents watched live for the first time

UNDISPUTED. Hidilyn Diaz may have won in the world stage, but she says there were times she doubted herself. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Worth the wait: Hidilyn Diaz bags elusive SEA Games gold

Dec 02, 2019 - 5:32 PM

(UPDATED) Decorated weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz snatches her first Southeast Asian Games gold medal

STILL ON TOP. Hidilyn Diaz proves that she's still the best in the region. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Send in the athletes

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:43 PM

In the end, it's all about the athletes and allowing them to shine

ATHLETE'S CORNER: Hidilyn Diaz out to snatch first SEA Games gold

Nov 28, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz looks to rule the Southeast Asian Games in front of her countrymen

PUMPED UP. Hidilyn Diaz believes she’s ready to rule the 55kg event. Rappler screenshot

Hidilyn Diaz wins bronze in 2019 world championships

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 AM

After a podium finish in the last two editions, Hidilyn Diaz captures another bronze in the World Weightlifting Championships to stay on track of her 2020 Olympic bid

STILL A FORCE. Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz proves yet again that she’s among the world’s best. Photo from the International Weightlifting Federation

WATCH: Teen weightlifter Kate Diaz out to make her own name

Apr 27, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Kate Diaz doesn't just want to be known as the niece of Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn

NEXT IN LINE. Kate Diaz aims to be the next big thing to her aunt, 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz niece cops Arafura weightlifting silver

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Fifteen-year-old Kate Diaz bags the Philippines’ first medal in the 2019 Arafura Games

PROMISING. Kate Diaz also hopes to make the cut in this year’s Southeast Asian Games. Photo from Team Philippines-Arafura Games Facebook page

Hidilyn Diaz cops 3 silvers in 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Filipina weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz seeks to make it back to the Olympics

GOOD START. Hidilyn Diaz impresses in the 55kg category in the women's weightlifting event. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Beyond Sports: Hidilyn Diaz pursues new ventures

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:20 PM

While preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz inspires athletes to start preparing for life after national team duties

DOUBLE DUTY. Hidilyn Diaz gives back to national athletes by helping them reach the Olympics. Photo from Komida Foods Instagram

Hidilyn Diaz ramps up bid for top Olympic ranking

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz plans to intensify her training in China for two months to gear up for the 2019 Olympic qualifying events

GOLDEN GIRL. Hidilyn Diaz is one of the Philippines' hopes for a first Olympic gold medal. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Hidilyn Diaz on Olympic gold dreamers: 'The more the merrier'

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Hidilyn Diaz feels happy that Asian skate queen Margielyn Didal is also aiming for an Olympic gold

GIRL POWER. Hidilyn Diaz is happy that Margielyn Didal also shares the same Olympic gold dream as her. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz considered retirement before Asiad triumph

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:17 PM

After sacrificing so much, the Filipina weightlifting star almost hung up her spurs after bagging silver in the 2016 Olympics

CHAMP. Hidilyn Diaz is given a hero's welcome by the Philippine Air Force for her gold-winning stint in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Iran's Moradi smashes weightlifting's oldest world record

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Sohrab Moradi breaks the snatch record set by Greece's Akakios Kakiasvilis in 1999

RECORD-BREAKER. Sohrab Moradi of Iran performs a lift to break the world record in the Asiad men's 94kg class  weightlifting event. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

PH golden girl Hidilyn Diaz got a fan in Chris Tiu

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The veteran Gilas guard reveals he has been following the weightlifting star's career way back in the 2012 London Olympics

INSPIRATION. Chris Tiu draws inspiration from the Philippines' Asian Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz. Photos from Asian Games website (Tiu) and Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz)

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz on journey to Asian Games gold

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:16 PM

It was pure hard work and grit that have kept the Philippine weightlifting star on top

Snappy salute: PH hails Hidilyn Diaz for Asian Games lift

Aug 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Netizens say Hidilyn Diaz's golden feat eases the pain of the basketball team's 2-point loss against China

TRIUMPHANT. Hidilyn Diaz celebrates at the podium during the victory ceremony for the women's 53kg weightlifting event. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

I miss cheesecake! Hidilyn reveals sacrifice on path to glory

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:44 PM

After all the hard work, the country's weightlifting star hopes to indulge in a guilty passion

TEARFUL. Hidilyn Diaz turns emotional after winning the Philippines' first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Golden delight: Hidilyn Diaz bags first PH gold

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:34 AM

The weightlifting star's gold-winning performance propels the Philippines to 14th place in the 2018 Asian Games on Tuesday, August 21

FIRST GOLD. Hidilyn Diaz nabs her first ever Asian Games gold medal. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz gold worth P6M

Aug 22, 2018 - 12:10 AM

Another cash windfall awaits the Philippine weightlifting standout after reigning in the 2018 Asian Games

TRIUMPHANT. Gold medal winner Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines (center) celebrates at the podium with silver medalist Kristina Shermetova of Turkmenistan (left) and bronze winnerKhambao Surodchana of Thailand. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz gives PH first 2018 Asian Games gold

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Olympic silver medalist delivers a golden performance with a total lift of 207 kg


GOLD. After 4 bronze medals, the Philippines wins its first gold in the 2018 Asian Games thanks to Hidilyn Diaz. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Pressure hardly weighs down Hidilyn Diaz

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The 2016 Olympic silver medalist stays focused on her bid to bring home an Asian Games gold

COMEBACK. Hidilyn Diaz hopes to show that she's still among Asia's best.

Nestor Colonia falls short in Asiad redemption bid

Aug 20, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The 2016 Olympian fails to reach his personal best record once again

FALLING SHORT. Nestor Colonia fails to redeem himself from the lackluster two years. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz, Nestor Colonia out to end Asian Games wait

Aug 19, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Olympians Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia aim to capture the medal that eluded them

Nam Joo-Hyuk's dream role: A 'couch potato'

Jul 30, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The 'Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo' star also said that he'd like to work with Sandara Park for a romantic comedy

COUCH POTATO JOO-HYUK. Asked for his dream, Nam Joo-Hyuk says he'd like to be a 'couch potato.' Photo courtesy of Penshoppe

IN PHOTOS: Nam Joo-Hyuk, Sandara Park at Penshoppe FanCon 2018

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Sandara and Joo-Hyuk walked the runway in Penshoppe's pre-holiday collection, to the delight of Filipino fans

HALLYU LOVE. Korean stars Nam Joo-Hyuk and Sandara Park visit the Philippines for Penshoppe's 2018 FanCon. Photo courtesy of Penshoppe

Hidilyn Diaz's success inspires rising Filipina weightlifters

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Rosegie Ramos and Jane Linette Hipolito are looking to follow the footsteps of the country's only female Olympic silver medalist

INSPRIATION. Hidilyn Diaz takes responsibility of guiding the young weightlifters who are the future of Philippine sports. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz assured of 2018 Asian Games slot

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:21 PM

The Olympic silver medalist will don the country's colors again after missing the 2017 SEA Games

ASIAN GAMES RETURN. Hidilyn Diaz will return to the Asian Games for the first time since 2006. Photo from EPA.

PH Weightlifting federation appeals to POC for more slots in 2018 Asian Games

May 29, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Federation president Monico Puentevella endorses 7 promising weightlifters to see action in Indonesia

CALL FOR PRIORITY. SWP president Monico Puentevella wants to continue the success set by Hidilyn Diaz in the Rio Olympics through the Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

LOOK: List of PSC's 10 priority sports in 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:31 PM

These are the top 10 sports that will receive a bigger share of the government's allocated budget

BANNERING. (from left to right) weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanable and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo. Photo by presidential photo (Diaz), PSC-POC Media Group (Watanabe), Munehiro Kugimiya's Facebook page (Yulo)

Korean actor Ji Soo returns to PH to meet Filipino fans

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'I will be so excited to see all of you. Let’s get to know each other more and better and have a gorgeous time,' says the Korean actor to his Pinoy fans

Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta grabs powerlifting gold in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Veteran para athlete Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta picked up another gold for the Philippines as she dominated the women’s over 86-kg powerlifting event in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games

GOLD FINISH. Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, the first athlete from the Philippines to ever medal at the Paralympics, added another gold to her legacy. Photo from Dumapong-Ancheta's Facebook

Hidilyn Diaz misses SEA Games, looks forward to 2019 edition

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:58 PM

The 26 year old was denied a chance to give the Philippines a gold medal after host Malaysia scrapped women s weightlifting from this year s Southeast Asian Games

MISSING SEA GAMES. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz admits she misses the SEA Games atmosphere. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Knee injury hampers lifter Colonia for sorry finish in SEA Games

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:04 PM

Colonia says he isn t disappointed by the result probably because he did not expect to medal but his frustration from the failed clean and jerk lifts still shows

INJURED. Nestor Colonia competes despite a knee injury at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH's lone lifter Colonia falls way short of SEA Games podium finish

Aug 28, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Rio Olympian Nestor Colonia lifts a total of 253kg 113kg in the snatch and 140kg in the clean and jerk to finish just above Myanmar

HEAVY LIFTING. Nestor Colonia had been hampered by a knee injury prior to the SEA Games, but managed to lift a total of 253kg. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

10 Filipino athletes to look out for in 2017 SEA Games

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Here s a short list of some of the outstanding Filipino athletes who will see action at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

‘Weightlifting Fairy’ couple Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk split

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:31 PM

In the popular K drama the actors played childhood friends who fall in love

WEIGHTLIFTING FAIRY. The on-screen and off-screen couple end their relationship, breaking the hearts of millions of fans. Photo from Instagram.com/heybiblee

Lifter Colonia braces for Olympic-level competition at SEA Games 2017

Aug 06, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Nestor Colonia will also be competing with an injured knee at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia late this month

JUST LIKE OLYMPICS. Nestor Colonia will face his Rio Olympics foes at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. He will also be competing through a hurt knee. File Photo by Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz dreams of seeing weightlifting at Palarong Pambansa

May 02, 2017 - 11:44 PM

The potential inclusion of weightlifting in Palaro is currently still in initial discussions stage

WEIGHTLIFTING AT PALARO? Filipino Olympic weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz hopes to see her sport at Palarong Pambansa. File photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

VIRAL: Netizens asking their crushes if they like Messi

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Why are people asking you if you like Messi? Here s why

MESSI. Screenshot from an episode of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju where the lead character asked her crush if he liked Messi.

IN PHOTOS: Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz watches UAAP live for first time

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Diaz watches courtside with her parents and gamely cheers for La Salle

ANIMO. Olympian Hidilyn Diaz cheers for De La Salle University during a UAAP game against University of Santo Tomas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Hidilyn Diaz receives Congressional medal, monetary award

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The Olympic silver medalist receives P1 5 million collected in donations from at least 260 congressmen

Hidilyn Diaz silver medalist in 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil receives a Congressional Medal of Distinction and a monetary award of P1.5 million from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during the first regular session of the 17th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Plenary Hall on Wednesday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

IWF site hacked as Iranians protest Olympic lifting 'conspiracy'

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:08 PM

Having broken a world record in a previous round Behdad Salimikordasiabi is disqualified when Olympic officials ruled he had failed to register a total in the clean and jerk

LOOK: Hidilyn Diaz's P5 million check for earning Olympic silver

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz won t have to wait long to receive her bonus after ending the country s 20 year medal drought

INCENTIVE. Hidilyn Diaz's P5 million check for earning a silver medal in Rio is ready and waiting for her. Photo from Charles Maxey's Facebook

Drug offender claims Olympic weightlifting gold

Aug 11, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Nijat Rahimov a Kazakh lifter who served a two year ban for illegal substances smashed a world record at the Rio Games in the men s 77kg division

GOLDEN COMEBACK. Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan celebrates after a successful lift. He was suspended by the IWF in 2013 for testing positive for banned steroids Oxandrolone and Dehydromethyltestosterone. Photo by Larry W Smith/EPA

WATCH: Olympic weightlifter dislocates elbow in horrifying accident

Aug 11, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan is rushed to the hospital in agony after his left elbow pops out during a lift attempt

HORROR SNAP. Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan attempted to lift 195kg in the clean and jerk when things turned south. Photo by Larry W Smith/EPA