Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz clinched the women’s 55kg division at the Tokyo International Forum on Monday (26 July), ending the Philippines’ 97-year wait for an Olympic gold medal.
The 30-year-old lifted 97kg in the snatch and 127kg in the clean and jerk, putting her ahead of silver medalist Liao Qiuyun of China (221kg) and bronze medalist Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan with a combined total of 224kg (213kg).
With 94 and 97 kg, respectively, the 30-year-old veteran cleared her first and second attempts at snatch. On her third attempt at 99kg, though, she received a no-lift verdict.
Diaz lifts 119 kg on her first attempt and 124 kilograms on her second effort in the clean and jerk. In her third attempt, she lifted 127 pounds.
Since the country first sent athletes to the Games in 1924, the Zamboanga native has become the first Filipino athlete to win gold at the Summer Olympics.
Diaz, who had previously earned a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, is only the second Filipino athlete to win multiple medals at the Games, following Teofilo Yldefonso’s two bronze medals in swimming in 1928 and 1932.
Diaz is competing in her fourth Olympics in a row.