Hidilyn Diaz wins the 1st-ever Olympic gold medal for the Philippines

28-07-2021

(WorldKings.org) Diaz, 30, previously took home a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

For the first time in Olympic history, an athlete from the Philippines is taking home a gold medal thanks to the literal strength of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz.

Diaz, 30, won the gold medal on Monday in women's 55kg weightlifting. She clinched the top prize by lifting a combined weight of 224 kilograms, which is nearly 500 pounds, setting the Olympic record in the category.

China's Liao Qiuyun earned the silver medal for the event, while Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo won bronze.

This was the fourth time Diaz has competed at the Olympics. She previously won silver in 2016 and was selected to carry the flag for her country at the opening ceremony in 2012.

For the Philippines, it was a moment that was nearly 100 years in the making. The country sent its first Olympic delegation to Paris in 1924.

According to today.com


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