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Diaz gives the Philippines its first Olympic gold

TOKYO — One lift, one 127kg clean-and-jerk lift, was all that separated thirty-year old weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made Philippines’ sporting history when she won an Olympic gold medal on July 26, 2021. This ended the Philippines 97-year drought for an Olympic gold medal. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics runs from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
Diaz competed in the women’s 55kg division, and lifted 97kg in the snatch and 127kg in the clean and jerk, to the winning total of 224 kg, and setting Olympic records for both the 127kg lift and the total.
“I hope that my gold medal can inspire more youngsters in my country to chase their dreams. If they chase hard enough, if they are determined enough, then they can achieve as much as me,” Diaz happily said.

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