Mary Flor Diaz couldn't help but turn emotional after winning bronze in the women's 45kg event of the weightlifting competition in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday.
After he win, the 20-year-old talked to her mom, who's in Zamboanga, through a video call. Her mom couldn't make it to the Ninoy Aquino Stadium as she had to take care of her husband who suffered a stroke.
Mary Flor, cousin of Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, had modest expectations heading into her first SEA Games stint.
"I just wanted to enjoy the competition since it was my firs ttime. All the hard work was worth it. Everything is possible if you believe in yourself," she told reporters.
Diaz lifted 70 kg in snatch and 89kg in clean and jerk for a total of 159 kg, behind gold medalist Vuong Thi Huyen of Vietnam (172kg) and Setiawati Lisa of Indonesia (169kg).
Diaz lifted the 70kg in snatch on her second try, failing to lift 72kg on the third attempt. The first 89kg lift in the clean and jerk was good, but she couldn't push it to 92 and 93 kg on the following tries.
Nonetheless, the young weightlifter is just getting started, with her cousin Hidilyn as her inspiration.
"She served as my inspiration because she's strong, an Olympian. She motivates me."
Meanwhile, John Fabliar Ceniza clinched the silver medal in the men's 55kg category after a total lift of 252kg (112kg snatch, 140kg clean and jerk).