Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz First Olympic Gold For The Philippines.

On Monday, July 26, in the women’s 55-kg weightlifting competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games held at the Tokyo International Forum, Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Díaz fulfilled her  promise to end the Philippines’ gold medal shortage.

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Five years after winning the silver medal at the Rio Olympics, Diaz successfully lifted 127 kg. This is an Olympic record. This is her third and last attempt to clean and tow, lifting a total of 224 kg.

The 30-year-old Diaz achieved the best weight of 97 kg in the snatch. Her total weight of 224 kg also set an Olympic record.

The world record holder Chinese player Liao Qiuyun won the silver medal with a total score of 223 kg after snatching 97 kg and 126 kg in the clean and jerk, while the Kazakhstan player Zulfia won the bronze medal with a total score of 213 kg (90 kg). Snatch and 123 kg clean and jerk).

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Diaz celebrates the victory with the “HD team” composed of Chinese Coach Kevin Gao, strength and fitness coach – Julius Narancho, her psychologist – Dr. Karen Trindade, and sports nutritionist Janice Aro.

Diaz already has a place in the sport’s folklore of her country. Like the boxing icon of the Philippines , as the only woman in this huge archipelago to win an Olympic medal, she broke the medal shortage five years ago. Silver medal surprise. The 20-year-old Philippines.

Due to COVID restrictions, Diaz spent the past year and a half of training time in Malaysia, so he started to win unprecedented gold medals in her dormitory and possibly the last Olympic Games.


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