Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz just became the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal!
When Hidilyn Diaz lifted 200 kilograms of steel iron, she also lifted the spirits of her home country.
Diaz, a three-time Olympic weightlifter, became the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal when she won the silver medal in the 53kg women’s weightlifting class on Sunday. Diaz’s silver medal win ended a 20-year Olympic medal drought for the Philippines.
The last Filipino to win an Olympic medal was Mansueto Velasco. Velasco won silver for men’s boxing in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
But wait, it gets better. Diaz also achieved another cool first for the Philippines at the Olympics.