Hidilyn Diaz now engaged to long-time BF and coach Julius Naranjo

MANILA, Philippines – Olympic women's weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz announced on Saturday that she and her boyfriend and coach Julius Naranjo had just got engaged.

Hidilyn Diaz is now engaged to her coach Julius Naranjo
Hidilyn Diaz is now engaged to her coach Julius Naranjo | Photo Courtesy: Resorts World Manila

The Philippines' first Olympic gold medalist has another milestone to celebrate as she showed off her engagement ring on social media. On Instagram, Hidilyn shared how thankful she is to have Julius in her life. She admitted that people close to them know how much they sacrificed together for her to reach her Olympic gold dream.

She wrote, "It's YES! It was a magical moment with @imjulius. I'm grateful to God that He sent Julius into my life, he make my life easy 😀, alam ng iba kung ano mga sinasakripisyo niya para maabot namin ang pangarap na Ginto sa Olympics together with #TeamHD, nun laro kinilig at masaya ako kasi siya mismo nagsabi God is the center of our relationship, kaya walang duda magYeYES ako dahil swerte ako may isang Julius nagmamahal, nagintindi, at sumuporta sa akin."

Hidilyn also thanked everyone who helped Julius prepare for his wedding proposal. She added, "Thank you sa lahat ng kasabwat ni Julius, magaling po kayo naging meaningful ang gabi dahil sa inyo."

The surprise proposal of Julius was made at the Sheraton Hotel, Resorts World Manila on Friday, October 15.

In 2017, Hidilyn met Julis, a Filipino-Japanese weightlifter at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. During the 62kg weight class, Julius was Guam's representative.

Two years ago, the Guamanian athlete told ABS-CBN’s Sports U that he was instantly drawn to Hidilyn, despite not knowing how popular she is in the Philippines.

Julius recalled, "When I watched her first competition at that meet we were at, I was inspired to see her willpower. Her way of really fighting towards the top, working hard, it’s such an inspiration."

Meanwhile, Hidilyn and Julius are both preparing to leave the country today to return to a training facility in Malaysia for the IWF World Championship set to on December 7 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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