Tokyo Olympics, Philippines

Tokyo Olympics, Philippines

Weightlifter Diaz wins first ever Olympic gold for Philippines

Weightlifter Diaz wins first ever Olympic gold for Philippines

26/7/2021 4:19:00 PM

Weightlifter Diaz wins first ever Olympic gold for Philippines

TOKYO: Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history on Monday (Jul 26) when she became the first athlete from the Philippines to win an Olympic gold medal.

AdvertisementAdvertisementWith Liao setting a target of 223kg, just 4kg shy of her own world record, Diaz was faced with a final clean and jerk of 127kg to win - fully 5kg more than she had ever achieved in competition.Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz reacts after placing first in the women's 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on Jul 26, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

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With a massive effort she hoisted the huge Olympic record weight and the tears of joy began to flow even before she dropped the bar to the floor after a triumphant effort.Liao took the silver, with Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo the bronze.Advertisement

AdvertisementDiaz was already assured a place in her country's sporting folklore, alongside the likes of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, as the only woman from the sprawling archipelago ever to win an Olympic medal - her surprise silver five years ago breaking a 20-year medal drought for the Philippines. headtopics.com

Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz reacts after placing first in the women's 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on Jul 26, 2021. (Photo: AFP/ Vincenzo Pinto)Diaz spent the last year and half training in exile in Malaysia because of COVID-19 restrictions, so dedicated was she to claim an unprecedented gold in her fourth and probably final Games.

Diaz's medal was just the 11th by the Philippines since they first took part in the Olympics in 1924, and now the only gold.AdvertisementDiaz became just the second athlete from her country to win multiple Olympics medals, joining swimmer Teofilo Yldefonzo who won bronze in the men's 200m breaststroke in 1928 and 1932.

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