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Hidilyn Diaz to help train Angeles weightlifters, says Lazatin

Aug 4, 2021 @ 11:58
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Hidilyn Diaz to help train Angeles weightlifters, says Lazatin

The country’s first Olympic gold medalist, Hidilyn Diaz, has agreed to help train weightlifters in Angeles City, according to Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr.

As quoted in a Punto Central Luzon report, the mayor told a media forum that Diaz expressed willingness when he asked her to “train our trainors” in weightlifting in Angeles City.

Diaz is a native of Zamboanga City but currently resides in Barangay Margot in Angeles City.

“Alam naman po ninyo kung gaano ko kamahal ang Angeles at Pampanga,” Lazatin quoted Diaz’ response to his Viber message shortly after her arrival from Japan. Diaz won gold in her weight class in the Tokyo Olympics.

According to the Punto report, Lazatin said that when Diaz won the silver medal during the 2016 Rio Olympics the city council recognized her for bringing pride to Angeles.

“But now that I am the mayor, I will be pursuing weightlifting as a sport starting at the grassroots level with the help of Diaz who agreed to train our coaches so that they in turn can train our athletes in the barangays,” he said.

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