Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins PH’s first Olympic gold medal


Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz bagged the country’s first-ever gold medal in the Olympics after coming out on top of the women’s 55-kg weightlifting event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Monday at the Tokyo International Forum.

Diaz’s win put an end to a years-long Olympic gold medal drought.

The Pinay weightlifter finished with a total score 224, outdueling China’s Liao Qiuyun for the gold.

The 30-year-old veteran successfully cleared her first and second attempts at snatch with 94 and 97kgs, respectively. However, she got a no-lift decision on her third try at 99kg, GMA News reported.

In the clean and jerk, Diaz successfully lifts 119kg in her first attempt while also lifting 124kg in the second attempt. She lifted 127 on the third try, the report added.

Diaz in the 2016 Rio Olympics won a silver medal while also clinching a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

This is Diaz’s fourth consecutive Olympic appearance.

Source: GMA News

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