Sergeant Hidilyn Francisco Diaz could be a Filipino weightlifter and airwoman. The first Filipino to ever win an Olympic gold medal. And an Olympic weightlifting record-holder. By winning the women’s 55 kg. In the category for weightlifting at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
TOKYO, Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz got to be her country’s first-ever Olympic gold medallist on Monday, winning the women’s 55 kg category for weightlifting at Tokyo 2020. In her fourth Olympics. The 30-year-old lifted a combined weight of 224 kg. And give an Olympic new record.
“I am 30 years old and I thought it would be like going down, my performance, but I was shocked I was able to do it,” Diaz said in a post-match interview.
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Philippines’ presidential representative Harry Roque. He said in a composed articulation that Diaz brought pride and glory to the Philippines.
“Congratulations, Hidilyn. The entire Filipino nation is proud of you,” he added.
China’s Liao Qiuyun, who failed to coordinate her claim world record, took silver with 223 kg. Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo won bronze with 213 kg.
Chinshanlo came near to completing a 123 kg lift. Within the clean and snap. Which would have been an Olympic record at that minute. But the judges switched the choice. Before long after that Liao succeeded in lifting 126 kg. The Chinese lifter’s record was also, broken by Diaz who certainly lifted 127 kg.
Diaz, who said she would point to take part at the next Games. In Paris, held her hands to her face and burst into tears. In recently embracing her coaches and clutching. At the medallion around her neck.
Hidilyn Diaz, last year had been stuck in Malaysia. Where she halted on her way to Peru. For an Olympic qualifying occasion, for around five months. Then government travel boycott due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Diaz said she built an exercise center. And prepared water bottles during that time.
On the podium, a still-tearful. Diaz stood to thought saluting as she belted out. Her country’s national anthem is at the beat of her voice.