Hidilyn Diaz becomes the Philippines’ first female Olympic medal winner


Hidilyn Diaz, of the Philippines, leaves the stage after a lift in the women’s 53kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 7, 2016.
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Hidilyn Diaz just made history by becoming the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal.

The 25-year-old Diaz took home the silver medal for the 53kg weightlifting class on Sunday.

Diaz completing a lift on Sunday.

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Gold medal winner Hsu Shu-Ching, of Taiwan, center, stands with silver medal winner Hidilyn Diaz, of the Philipines, left, and bronze medal winner Yoon Jin-hee, of South Korea, right.

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Her win is also the country’s first Olympic medal in 20 years, since Mansueto Velasco’s 1996 silver win for boxing.

Arianne Cerdea is the only other woman to win an Olympic medal for the Philippines. She won the gold medal in women’s bowling in 1988 in Seoul, but her medal for the demonstration event isn’t counted in the tally because bowling isn’t an official Olympic sport.

It’s not Diaz’s first time at the Olympics. Diaz competed at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, where she was in the 58kg category.

Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines reacts after competing during the women’s 58-kg, group B, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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She was also the Philippines’ flag bearer in 2012.

Hidilyn Diaz carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Diaz is probably out celebrating her momentous win; her social accounts have been quiet for the past few days, although she was tweeting and posting photos in Rio leading up to competition.

A photo posted by Hidilyn Diaz (@haidie20) on

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Source: http://mashable.com/

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