Philippines wins first ever Olympic gold

Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines’s first ever Olympic gold medal when she claimed top spot in the women’s 55-kg weightlifting category.

In the clean and jerk, Diaz lifted a total of 224kg, one more kilogram than opponent LIAO Qiuyun of People’s Republic of China.

“I don’t know what to say. It’s a dream come true,” Diaz said. “I just want to say that we Filipino are strong. We Filipino can compete here at the Olympics. We can do it.

“To all the young generation in the Philippines, please dream high. That’s how I started; I dreamed high and finally I was able to do it.”

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