97 YEARS in the making! The Philippines win their first ever Olympic gold medal as weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz bursts into tears at the 55kg woman – and the win wins her £470,000 and a HOUSE of government!
Hidilyn Diaz wrote herself in the Philippines’ sports history after winning her country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal.
Diaz, an Air Force maid in the Philippines, has lived in exile in Malaysia over the Covid pandemic and was moved to tears after dramatically winning gold in the 55kg women’s weightlifting class.
The 30-year-old won gold on her last lift of the day, destroying her personal best by beating world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China.
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history by winning the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal
Diaz claimed victory on her last lift of the day to Chinese favorite Liao Qiuyun . defeat
Diaz burst into tears after it was confirmed that the gold medal had made history for her country
Diaz took silver in Rio in the 53kg class to end her country’s 20-year wait for a medal, but she did better once again in Tokyo and could barely contain her emotions at the hearing of the national anthem.
Bloomberg reported: that win secured more than just a gold medal for Diaz.
She claimed 33 million pesos (£477,000) in cash from the government and several leading companies, as well as a house.
Prior to the Games, the Philippine Sports Commission guaranteed an incentive of 10 million pesos for every Olympic gold medal won.
It was an outpouring of emotion for Diaz who had spent the past two years in exile in Malaysia
The Philippines first took part in an Olympic Games in 1924 – 97 years ago – when David Nepomuceno competed in sprint races in the 100 and 200 meters.
The win in Tokyo is just her country’s eleventh Olympic medal ever.
Zulfiya Chinshanlo from Kazakhstan took the bronze medal, 10kg adrift of the top two.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s a dream come true,” Diaz . said AFP.
“I want to say to the young generation in the Philippines, ‘You can have this dream of gold too’.
“That’s how I started and eventually I succeeded.”
Diaz (center) defeated Kazakhstan’s Liao Qiuyun (left) and Zulfiya Chinshanlo (right)
China had won all three weightlifting events so far and was looking for the gold medals in the eight competitions the athletes competed in.
Under Olympic rules, no country is allowed to enter more than four men’s and four women’s events.
Diaz, the daughter of a tricycle driver, added: ‘I am looking forward to enjoying life as I have been in Malaysia for almost two years, I don’t know, so I am very grateful to be able to go home. now and celebrate with my family and the people who support me.’