Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz Wins Philippines’ First-Ever Olympic Gold Medal

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history on July 26 after winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the Philippines.

Diaz, 30, became the first Filipino Olympic gold medalist after finishing with 127 kilograms in the clean and jerk and a 224-kilogram overall lift, overtaking world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China in the 55-kilogram weightlifting category.

Following Diaz’s victory, the Philippine national anthem played for the first time during the medal ceremony at the Olympics.

Four-time Olympian Diaz is set to receive ₱33 million ($655,169) worth of incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission and from Filipino tycoons for her victory.

In the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Diaz won silver.


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