Diaz, Hidilyn

NOC Philippines   
Born20 Feb 1991 in Zamboanga, PHI
Height1.49 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Higher education Computer Science - University of Zamboanga: Philippines
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? "My cousins were weightlifters and I saw them lifting. In fact they were not lifting barbells, it was wood that looked like ipil-ipil [lead tree]. I thought, 'What are they doing? It looks like fun', and that's how I started."
General Interest
Most influential person in career Coach Antonio Agustin Jr. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours In January 2023 she was honoured with a star on the Eastwood City Walk of Fame in the Philippines. (sports.inquirer.net, 19 Jan 2023)

In 2022 she received the MILO Champion of Grit and Glory Award at the Philippine Sportswriters Association [PSA] Awards Gala. (rappler.com, 13 Mar 2022)

In 2021 she was presented with a Congressional Medal of Excellence by the Philippines House of Representatives. (pna.gov.ph, 29 Jul 2021)

In 2021 she was named Filipino of the Year by the Philippine news outlet, The Inquirer, as well as by Lifestyle Asia magazine. (newsinfo.inquirer.net, 23 Jan 2022; lifestyleasia.onemega.com, 15 Dec 2021)

In 2016, 2019, and 2021 she was named Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association [PSA]. (rappler.com, 13 Mar 2022; nationbuilderph.com, 10 Mar 2022; bworldonline.com, 19 May 2017)

She received the Outstanding Young Men [TOYM] Award [presented to both male and female recipients] for 2017 from the Senate of the Philippines. (iwf.net, 14 Mar 2018)

She was flag bearer for the Philippines at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (olympic.org, 01 Aug 2012)
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Julius Irvin Naranjo [personal, husband], GUM
When and where did you begin this sport? She began weightlifting at age 11 in Zamboanga, Philippines.
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Serves in the Air Force, Student
Languages English
General Interest
Famous relatives Her husband Julius Irvin Naranjo represented Guam in weightlifting at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and has served as her coach. Her cousin Mary Flor Diaz has competed in weightlifting at national level in the Philippines. Her cousin Allen Jayfrus Diaz has coached the sport at regional level. (sports.inquirer.net, 02 Jan 2023; SportsDeskOnline, 31 Dec 2021; philstar.com, 12 Jul 2017; bworldonline.com, 19 May 2017)
Nicknames Queen Hidilyn, Haidie (olympics.com, 24 May 2022; hidilyndiaz.ph, 18 Oct 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you want to win, you have to work hard for it." (Athlete, 02 Aug 2016)
Other information NEW WEIGHT CLASS
Having claimed the 55kg title at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 World Championships in Bogota, Colombia, she plans to move up to the 59kg category at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. "It was good timing [winning gold at the 2022 World Championships] because that is the last time I will compete at 55kg. I need to be more focused while training to meet 59kg. Rest is likewise crucial to prevent injuries. I will also work on my diet. I have to really accept and train my mind that this is a completely different weight [category] and I have to double my effort. It's easy to build mass, but it's hard to build your muscles and develop your strength at the same time." (sports.inquirer.net, 02 Jan 2023; olympics.com, 12 Dec 2022, 06 Dec 2022)

In 2017 she opened a weightlifting gym in Zamboanga, Philippines. "My main goal is to help out kids in my hometown realise their dream in weightlifting. This sport could change their lives and hopefully they could become just like me in the future." (bworldonline.com, 19 May 2017; sunstar.com.ph, 11 May 2017)

She feels her 2014 knee injury was a turning point in her career. "It was my breakthrough [as well], because I met a lot of sports science people who opened my mind [about] strength and conditioning. When I competed at 58kg, my food intake was all rubbish junk food. That's when I started to eat healthy. My body dropped [in weight], then my performance improved. When my weight was 56kg, my friend told me that at 53kg I would have more chance of winning the Olympics than at 58. Because there are heavier lifters at 58 that lift better numbers than me. So 53 would be more of an advantage for me." (tokyo2020.org, 24 Nov 2020)

She has studied business administration at De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines. (philstar.com, 09 Nov 2021)
Injuries She was troubled by a shoulder injury in 2015 and early 2016. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2016)

She suffered a knee injury in 2014 and was forced to miss the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (tokyo2020.org, 24 Nov 2020; Athlete, 02 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol Indonesian weightlifter Eko Yuli Irawan. (iwf.net, 12 Feb 2019)
Milestones She became the first athlete representing the Philippines to win a gold medal in any sport at the Olympic Games, when she placed first in the 55kg category at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Previously, she became the first female athlete representing the Philippines to win a medal in any sport at the Olympic Games when she claimed silver in the 53kg category at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Aug 2021; news.abs-cbn.com, 26 Jul 2021; iwf.net, 28 Aug 2018)

She became the first weightlifter from the Philippines to win a gold medal at the Asian Games, when she triumphed in the 53kg category at the 2018 Games in Indonesia. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Sep 2018; iwf.net, 28 Aug 2018)

In 2015 she became the first female weightlifter representing the Philippines to finish on the podium at the world championships by winning three bronze medals in Houston, TX, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Sep 2018; iwf.net, 28 Aug 2018)
Further Personal Information
Residence Philippines
Family Husband Julius Irvin Naranjo
General Interest
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (olympics.com, 03 Jan 2022)
Sport Specific Information
Training Regime She trains for up to three hours in the morning, and for between three and four hours in the afternoon. She also has regular physical therapy sessions.
Further Personal Information
Other names Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2020 1 55kg   Tokyo
2016 2 53kg   Rio de Janeiro
2012   58kg   London
2008 10 58kg   Beijing
World Championships
2022 1 55kg   Bogotá
2022 1 55kg - Snatch   Bogotá
2022 1 55kg - Clean & Jerk   Bogotá
2019 3 55kg   Pattaya
2019 8 55kg - Snatch   Pattaya
2019 3 55kg - Clean & Jerk   Pattaya
2018 9 55kg   Ashgabat
2018 6 55kg - Snatch   Ashgabat
2018 13 55kg - Clean & Jerk   Ashgabat
2017 3 53kg   Anaheim, CA
2017 5 53kg - Snatch   Anaheim, CA
2017 2 53kg - Clean & Jerk   Anaheim, CA
2015 3 53kg   Houston, TX
2015 3 53kg - Snatch   Houston, TX
2015 3 53kg - Clean & Jerk   Houston, TX
2011 7 58kg   Paris
2011 9 58kg - Snatch   Paris
2011 7 58kg - Clean & Jerk   Paris
Asian Championships
2020 4 55kg   Tashkent
2020 4 55kg - Snatch   Tashkent
2020 4 55kg - Clean & Jerk   Tashkent
2019 2 55kg   Ningbo
2019 2 55kg - Snatch   Ningbo
2019 2     Ningbo
2016 3 53kg   Tashkent
2016 3 53kg - Snatch   Tashkent
2016 2 53kg - Clean & Jerk   Tashkent
2015 1 53kg   Phuket
2015 1 53kg - Snatch   Phuket
2015 1 53kg - Clean & Jerk   Phuket
2012 4 58kg   Pyeongtaek
2012 4 58kg - Snatch   Pyeongtaek
2012 4 58kg - Clean & Jerk   Pyeongtaek
Asian Games
2018 1 53kg   Jakarta
2010 6 58kg   Guangzhou
2006 10 53kg   Doha
South East Asian Games
2021 1 55kg   Hanoi
2019 1 55kg   Manila
2013 2 58kg   Naypyidaw
2011 2 58kg   
2007 3 58kg   Bangkok
2005 5 58kg   Manila
IWF Grand Prix
2011 2 58kg   Fuzhou
2011 2 58kg - Snatch   Fuzhou
2011 2 58kg - Clean & Jerk   Fuzhou