Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic triumph

Silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz makes history as the first female athlete to win an Olympic medal for the Philippines

The last time the Philippines won a medal in the Olympics, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was only five years old. In the Rio Olympics 2016, the 25-year-old athlete's third try in the Games, she nabbed a silver medal in the 53-kilogram weightlifting category. Not only has Diaz ended the Philippines' 20-year drought in the Olympics, but she did so in historic fashion as the first woman to win a medal for the country as well as the first Philippine athlete to finish with a medal in weightlifting. 

Diaz tallied a total weight of 200 kilograms in her division, just behind Chinese-Taipei's Hsu Shu-Ching who won gold with a total weight of 212 kilograms. Yoon Jin Hee from Korea took the bronze with a total weight of 199 kilograms.



Cover photo is a screengrab from @haidie20 on Instagram.

Published August 2016