Filipino lifter ends Olympic campaign

Posted at 07/30/12 9:26 PM

Philippines's Hidilyn Diaz falls backwards after failing to lift on the women's 58Kg Group B weightlifting competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

MANILA, Philippines - Hidilyn Diaz, the Philippines' flag bearer during the opening ceremony, ended her Olympic campaign in disappointing fashion after failing to advance past the group round of the women's 58-kg weightlifting event.

Diaz, widely regarded as one of the Philippines' best hopes for a medal in the London Games, lived up to the hype in the snatch, lifting 97-kg which was good for second place in her group.

The 97-kg lift was also a personal best for Diaz, who lifted a Philippine record 96-kg during the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission National Games last May.

She lifted 92-kg in her first attempt, and 97-kg in her second attempt, but it was judged a "no lift."

She managed to lift 97-kg in her third and final try in the snatch.

But in the clean and jerk, she failed to lift 118-kg in three attempts and finished in last place in her group.

The 21-year-old Diaz was near tears but managed to wave in gratitude to the crowd at the ExCel, who had cheered her on during her third and last attempt.

Diaz's personal best in the clean and jerk was 123-kg, also a Philippine record.

Diaz had hoped to place "fourth, fifth, maybe sixth" in London after also competing in the 2008 Beijing Games.

Diaz is the second athlete to fail to win a medal, after swimmer Jessie Khing Lacuna who competed in the 200m freestyle.

Archers Rachel Cabral and Mark Javier, as well as skeet shooter Brian Rosario will see action in the qualifiers Tuesday.

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