Hidilyn Diaz wins the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal with weightlifting
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made information Monday becoming the primary athlete from the Philippines to win gold in the Olympics..
The 30-year-vintage set an Olympic report, lifting a combined weight of 224 kilograms, to clinch the top spot inside the girls’ fifty-five-kg magnificence in Tokyo.
Diaz burst into tears and embraced her coaches after completing the record-breaking lift. She becomes visible clutching her medal and pointing to the Philippines flag on her jersey whilst stood on the podium.
Philippines Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, congratulated Diaz for “bringing pride and glory”
to the island kingdom in an assertion posted to Twitter on Monday. “The entire Filipino state is proud of you,” he stated.
Earlier than Diaz’s gold, the South East Asian state of roughly 108 million had claimed simply 10 Olympic medals — three silvers and 7 bronzes.
Diaz, who received silver at the 2016 video games in Rio, accomplished a non-public best to overcome off sturdy opposition from global document holder Liao Qiuyun of China, who took silver with 223 kg, and Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo, who received bronze with 213 kg.
Also, Diaz is amongst numerous athletes whose education and schooling beforehand of the games have been disrupted through Covid-19 regulations.
At one factor, Diaz became stranded for numerous months in Malaysia, at the same time as en course to the opposition in Peru, following the creation of stringent government border regulations, Reuters suggested.
In a video published to Instagram all through her time in lockdown, Diaz has visible training with water bottles attached to a timber stick.
“sure, I try this. I convey a bottle of water for my weightlifting education. It is hard but we live to tell the tale, still living the dream in my heart,” the caption study.
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