Olympics: Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz's gold lifts pandemic-weary Filipinos

Gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz reacts after winning the Women's 55kg weightlifting event at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo, on July 26, 2021.
Gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz reacts after winning the Women's 55kg weightlifting event at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo, on July 26, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA - Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz brought much-needed relief to her pandemic-weary nation on Monday (July 26), after ending the Philippines' 97-year quest for its first-ever Olympic gold medal.

She won the 55kg category of women's weightlifting, setting an Olympic record with her combined weight total of 224kg across two successful lifts.

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