Hidilyn Díaz, first Olympic gold medalist in the Philippines in almost 100 years of history


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Hidilyn Díaz, first Olympic gold medalist in the Philippines in almost 100 years of history

Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Díaz made history for her country this Monday by achieving the first Olympic gold in almost 100 years of history after taking the victory in the -55 kilos test at the Tokyo Olympics. Díaz climbed to the top of the podium with an Olympic record, lifting a total of 224 kg (97 kg in snatch and 127 in two-time), to surpass the Chinese Qiuyun Liao, by one kilo (97 kg and 126 kg), and respective silver medal.

The bronze went to Kazakh Zulfiya Chinshanlo, weighing 213 kg (90 kg and 123 kg). The Filipina, who was Olympic runner-up in Rio 2016 in the -53 kilos category, climbs a step in her career in the fourth Olympic Games she disputes and hangs a gold that is the history of her country. It is the first – even counting the Winter Games – since the Philippines participated in Paris in 1924 as an Olympic debut.


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