July 26, 2021— The fourth time’s a charm, as a historic win for the Philippines happened after Hidilyn Diaz earned the first-ever Olympic gold for the country in Tokyo, Japan.
This is the fourth consecutive Olympic appearance of Diaz. After her silver finish in the Rio 2016 Olympics, the Zamboanga native finally made it to the top in the women’s 55 kilograms weightlifting in the Tokyo Olympics.
It was a good start for the 30-year-old Olympian, lifting 97kg in snatch that resulted in a tie with Liao Quiyan of China.
But, in the clean and jerk, her record-breaking lift of 127kg in her final attempt allowed her to get the gold medal.
Her overall total lift of a whopping 224kg also made new Olympic records— beating Liao Quiyun whose total lift was 223k, which landed on the silver podium.
Meanwhile, after completing 213kg in total, Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan got the bronze medal.
LAYOUT BY: Quina Zyrhise L. Capane
PHOTO SOURCE(S): Philippine Star