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Hidilyn Diaz wins Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal with weightlifting

The 30-year-old set an Olympic record, lifting a mixed weight of 224 kilograms, to clinch the highest spot within the girls’s 55-kg class in Tokyo.

Diaz burst into tears and embraced her coaches after finishing the record-breaking carry. She was seen clutching her medal and pointing to the Philippines flag on her jersey whereas stood on the rostrum.

Philippines Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, congratulated Diaz for “bringing delight and glory” to the island nation in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday. “The total Filipino nation is happy with you,” he mentioned.

Prior to Diaz’s gold, the South East Asian nation of roughly 108 million had claimed simply 10 Olympic medals — 3 silvers and seven bronzes.

Diaz, who gained silver on the 2016 Games in Rio, achieved a private greatest to beat off sturdy competitors from world file holder Liao Qiuyun of China, who took silver with 223 kg, and Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo, who gained bronze with 213 kg.

Diaz is amongst numerous athletes whose preparation and coaching forward of the Games was disrupted by Covid-19 restrictions.

At one level, Diaz grew to become stranded for a number of months in Malaysia, whereas en path to a contest in Peru, following the introduction of stringent authorities border restrictions, Reuters reported.

In a video posted to Instagram throughout her time in lockdown, Diaz is seen coaching with water bottles connected to a picket stick.

“Yes, I do that. I carry a bottle of water for my weightlifting coaching. Its arduous however we survive, nonetheless residing the dream in my coronary heart,” the caption learn.

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