Hidilyn Diaz Wins Philippine’s First-Ever Gold in Olympics.

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The Philippines has competed in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games since its debut in the 1924 edition. Filipino athletes have also competed at the Winter Olympic Games on five occasions since 1972.

The country has also participated in the Summer Youth Olympic Games as well as in the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Filipino athletes have won a total of eleven Olympic medals (as of 2020 Summer Olympics), with boxing as the top medal-producing sport.

On July 26, 2021, the Philippines clinched its first gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, with Hidilyn Diaz winning the Women’s 55 kg event in Weightlifting.

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Diaz was nervous about her performance but never doubted herself on winning the medal. She also recorded a 97kg in the snatch and an Olympic record of 127kg for a total of 224kg, also an Olympic record.

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China’s Liao, the record holder, settled for second place with a 223kg total (97kg, 126kg). While Kazakhstan’s Chinshanlo took bronze at 213kg (90kg & 123kg).

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