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WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz's Silver Medal-Winning Lift At Rio 2016 Olympics

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by Andrei Medina | Aug 8, 2016
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ICYMI: Hidilyn Diaz, the Philippine representative for the 2016 Rio Olympics weightlifting competition, won a silver medal early Monday morning.

Below is a video of the 25-year-old athlete’s winning performance which ended the country’s 20-year Olympic medal drought:

Diaz's victory in the women’s 53 kg. class makes her the first Filipina to capture an Olympic medal in official competition. (Bowler Adrianne Cerdeña [1988 Seoul] and Taekwondo jin Beatriz Lucero [1992 Bronze] won silver and bronze medals, respectively, while their sports were still in demonstration phase. Medals from demo sports are not included in the official tally.)

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Diaz also now joins the elite ranks of boxers Onyok Velasco and the late Anthony Villanueva as only the third Philippine Olympian to have snagged a silver medal.

The Zamboanga City native lifted a total of 200 kilograms to finish second behind gold medalist Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei, according to Spin.ph. Diaz previously competed in the 2008 Beijing (as a wildcard entry) and 2012 London Olympics but came home empty handed on both campaigns.

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Here is Diaz’s post-victory celebration with other athletes at the Olympic Village pantry where she enjoys a much-deserved slice of cheese pizza:

Congratulations, Hidilyn!

 

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