Hidilyn Diaz, a weightlifter, earned the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal, breaking a 97-year wait. “History. Diaz, 30, a silver medallist in the 2016 Rio Olympics, won the women’s 55-kilogram weightlifting category in Tokyo on Monday, according to the Olympics’ Twitter account. In the clean and jerk event, she set an Olympic record of 127 kg, securing the gold medal.
Diaz spent seven months away from her family after being stuck due to Covid-19 restrictions while on training in Malaysia. “I miss my mom and her food,” she said in an interview ahead of the Olympics. “But this is what I want, this is what I love to do”.
Diaz will get 33 million pesos ($660,000) in monetary awards from the government and numerous businesspeople, as well as a home and lot, as a result of her victory. For every Olympic gold medal, the Philippine Sports Commission promises a ten-million-peso bonus.