Philippines Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has celebrated triumphantly her winning of the first gold for the Philippines in the 55kg Clean and Jerk category, and after 97 years in olympics gold drought.
Diaz won the gold after her dramatic final lift of 127 kg jerk that catapulted her in bagging the very elusive gold for the country. She defeated the world record holder Liao Qiuyun of the People's Republic of China.
Liao ended on second place with her 223 total weightlifting score against Diaz's 224, while the bronze medal went to Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo
In an interview with Diaz by the International media, Diaz thanked God for briging her up to this milestone of winning one the most respected olympics gold in weightlifting.
"I have a lot of sacrifices this year up to the point na kinakailangan ko nang ihinto muna ang pag aaral ko para makapag focus dito sa Tokyo olympics," Diaz told the international media.
Diaz said there were too much pain during the practice as well as the pain of not seeing her family for years. However, the Zamboangueña weightlifter said everything was also worth it.
With Diaz olympic gold, she would be assured of the P3 Million reward from the Philippine government.
Earlier, Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero sweetened the pot for Filipino athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics. He said P3 Million pesos awaits for gold medalist, P2 Million for Silver medalist and another P1 Million pesos for bronze medalist.
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