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2022 World Weightlifting Championships: Can Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo become the world champion?

The highlight in the women’s competition is likely to be the 55kg class, where Diaz-Naranjo, Philippine’s first Olympic gold medalist, targets her first world title.

Last July, Diaz married her coach Julius Naranjowho is keen to ensure his wife qualifies for her fifth swansong Olympics in Paris, where she will compete in the competitive 59kg as the 55kg has been dropped from the 2024 Games.

The Filipino star is likely to face 2022 bronze medallist Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan, who bagged gold at the Asian Weightlifting Championships held in October.

The category Diaz-Naranjo is eyeing next is the 59kg ruled by Kuo Hsing-chun.

The Chinese Taipei lifter will be in action on the big stage for the first time since winning her fifth world title in Tashkent last year, months after setting three Olympic records on her way to the gold medal in Tokyo.

Canadian star Charron will also be seeking to make more strides in her career in the same weight category.

The current Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion aims to better her silver from the 2017 Worlds as she dreams of going back to the Olympics.

“My motivation to go back to the Olympics is not to get another medal or defend my title, it’s just to have an Olympics like I dreamed about,” Charron was quoted by cbc.ca.

“I dreamed about an Olympics with my family. I dreamed about an Olympics where I would go to the opening ceremony without being afraid of catching COVID.

“It wasn’t the Olympics, I was expecting, so I feel like I have to give a shot to the next one to live the kind of Olympics I always dreamed about.”

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