‘So Proud’: Philippine Weightlifter Diaz Hailed For Historic Olympic Gold

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An overview reveals Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz competing within the girls’s 55kg weightlifting competitors through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Chris GRAYTHEN / POOL / AFP)

 

 

With their eyes glued to a tv within the southern Philippines, the household of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz yelled “push, push, push!” as she hoisted the bar to win the nation’s first Olympic gold medal.

“Then we erupted in joy — we were shouting, some shed tears of joy,” Emelita Diaz advised AFP Tuesday, a day after watching her daughter’s historic efficiency in Tokyo — removed from her hometown of Zamboanga.

“We didn’t know what to feel because we were extremely happy.”

After almost 18 months coaching in exile in Malaysia due to Covid-19 restrictions, Diaz smashed her private greatest and gained gold with a remaining clear and jerk of 127kg within the girls’s 55kg class.

The 30-year-old’s triumph — which adopted her silver medal in Rio 5 years in the past — has made her a nationwide hero, alongside the likes of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.

“Thank you, Hidilyn Diaz, for the first-ever Olympic Gold for the Philippines! We are so proud of you!” Pacquiao tweeted from the United States the place he’s coaching for his upcoming battle in opposition to American Errol Spence.

The feat can be a life-changing windfall for Diaz, the daughter of a tricycle driver on the southern island of Mindanao.

 

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(From L to R) Silver medallist China’s Liao Qiuyun , gold medallist Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz and bronze medallist Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo stand on the rostrum for the victory ceremony of the ladies’s 55kg weightlifting competitors through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

 

As a reward for profitable gold, Diaz will obtain a minimum of 33 million pesos ($655,000) from the federal government and personal sector, in addition to a home.

Property developer Megaworld Corporation additionally introduced Tuesday it could give the Philippine Air Force girl a residential condominium value 14 million pesos.

It may additionally show a “game-changer” for different Filipino athletes, presidential spokesman Harry Roque stated Tuesday, acknowledging authorities monetary help was inadequate.

“It’s as if our athletes are only getting minimum wage,” he stated.

– ‘We feel empowered’ –
Diaz’s gorgeous victory was splashed throughout the entrance pages of Philippine newspapers and dominated web platforms.

The Philippine Star’s headline “Finally, Olympic Gold” mirrored the collective aid of Filipinos at profitable their first gold medal after 97 years of Olympic competitors.

Diaz’s win was an inspiration for different girls, stated Karen Afurong, an tutorial designer in Manila.

“We feel empowered,” the 29-year-old advised AFP.

Emelita stated the household spoke with Diaz Tuesday morning and congratulated her.

“I told her… ‘It’s a big honour to our family that you brought another honour to the country’,” Emelita advised AFP by way of phone.

More than 20 family, together with nieces and nephews, crowded onto the porch of the household house to look at Diaz’s efficiency, utilizing a smartphone related to their tv.

“We were nervous,” stated Emelita.

“They were shouting ‘push, push, push’, get it, Haidie!’. They were shouting and jumping for joy.”

 

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Gold medallist Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz holds her medal on the rostrum for the victory ceremony of the ladies’s 55kg weightlifting competitors through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

 

Diaz has not seen her household since December 2019 and has spoken brazenly of the sacrifices she has made in pursuit of her dream.

But after a sleepless night time, Diaz stated Tuesday she was already fascinated by the Paris Olympics in 2024.

“Qualifying will be difficult, but if my strength is there I will continue,” she advised reporters on Zoom.

“I cannot quit after winning. I need to continue until someone succeeds me.”

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