Weightlifter Diaz makes history for Philippines at Olympics - first to win gold at Games for her country

Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz gestures to her country's contingent after winning the women's 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. - AFP

TOKYO, July 26 (Xinhua): Hidilyn Diaz has become the first ever Olympic gold medal winner representing the Philippines after triumphing in the women's weightlifting 55kg at the Tokyo Olympic Games here on Monday.

The Philippines has won three silver and seven bronze at the Olympics before Monday, and the country's gold medal drought was ended by four-time Olympian Diaz with 97kg in the snatch, both new Olympic records of 127kg in the clean and jerk and 224kg in total.

After other contestants confirmed their results, it became a head-to-head between Liao and Diaz. Liao, current world record holder in the clean and jerk and total, managed a 126kg third attempt, but Diaz improved it to 127kg in the final lift throughout the match.

Liao went 3-for-3 in the snatch, lifting 92kg, 95kg and 97kg respectively. Muattar Nabieva of Uzbekistan led the snatch section with an Olympic record 98kg, and Diaz tied Liao's result going into the clean and jerk.

Liao had to settle for a silver with 223kg, and Zulfiya Chinshanlo from Kazakhstan pocketed the bronze with 213kg. - Xinhua
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