After 20 long years, the Philippines finally got the chance to bring home again a medal from the Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thanks to our new champ Hidilyn Diaz — a 25-year old weightlifter from Zamboanga City, Philippines. Diaz won the silver medal of the women’s 53kg weightlifting category on August 7, Sunday. She also successfully clinched a lift of 88kg in her second attempt in snatch event (placed 6th) and 111kg and 112kg in the first and second attempts in the clean and jerk event (placed 2nd). This was also the first non-boxing medal for the nation since 1936. Diaz became as the first Filipina olympian to earn the medal and the first medalist from Mindanao. [Wikipedia]
I am not a fan of lifting, and neither do I understand how they declare winners. This new feat from Diaz definitely educated me on how this sport works.
I found out through Wikipedia that athletes are supposed to compete in a division determined by their body mass.
In each weight division, lifters compete in both the snatch and clean and jerk. Prizes are usually given for the heaviest weights lifted in each and in the overall—the maximum lifts of both combined. The order of the competition is up to the lifters—the competitor who chooses to attempt the lowest weight goes first. If they are unsuccessful at that weight, they have the option of reattempting at that weight or trying a heavier weight after any other competitors have made attempts at the previous weight or any other intermediate weights. The barbell is loaded incrementally and progresses to a heavier weight throughout the course of competition. Weights are set in 1 kilogram increments. When a tie occurs, the athlete with the lower bodyweight is declared the winner. If two athletes lift the same total weight and have the same bodyweight, the winner is the athlete who lifted the total weight first.
During competition, the snatch event takes place first, followed by a short intermission, and then the clean and jerk event. There are two side judges and one head referee who together provide a “successful” or “failed” result for each attempt based on their observation of the lift within the governing body’s rules and regulations. Two successes are required for any attempt to pass. Usually, the judges’ and referee’s results are registered via a lighting system with a white light indicating a “successful” lift and a red light indicating a “failed” lift. This is done for the benefit of all in attendance be they athlete, coach, administrator or audience. In addition, one or two technical officials may be present to advise during a ruling. [Wikipedia]
Watch Hidilyn Diaz make us proud. All hail women of strength and power!