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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Hidilyn Diaz Captured An Olympic Silver Medal! Filipinos are very proud of you!

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Hidilyn Diaz earned records for the nation, ending the Philippine's 20-year Olympic medal by winning a silver medal in the women's 53-kg weightlifting category of the 2016 Summer Games on Sunday, August 7 (Monday morning, August 8 in Manila) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Diaz from Zamboanga City became the first female player to win an Olympic medal for the Philippines. She was also the first Filipino to medal in weightlifting, and the first non-boxer to medal from the Philippines since 1936.

In the snatch event, Diaz loose to lift two of her 3 attempts and total just 88 kg for 6th place in a tough field led by China and Chinese Taipei.

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But Diaz, looking very relaxed and confident on the stage, successfully raised 111 kg in the first attempt and then an 112 kg lift in her second attempt. She failed to clear 117 kg on her third attempt.

A series of unlucky lifts happen the favored Li Yajun of China, who was a frontrunner in the snatch and was gunning for the gold. She failed to clear any of her 3 attempts at the clean and jerk, making Diaz grasp the silver instead of the bronze.

Chinese-Taipei's Hsu Shu-Ching won the gold with a total weight of 212 kg while Korea's Yoon Jin Hee took the bronze with 199 kg.

Other events where the Philippines is competing are athletics, boxing, golf, judo, swimming, table tennis and taekwondo.
Credits to: TodayInManila, Youtube

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