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Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz

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Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz competes during the women's 53kg weightlifting event at the Rio 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016. / AFP / GOH Chai Hin        (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz competes during the women's 53kg weightlifting event at the Rio 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016. (Photo: GOH CHAI HIN/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Hidilyn Diaz is the first Filipina athlete to win an Olympic medal, after winning silver in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. In the process, she also ended a 20-year medal drought for the Philippines.

Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines competes during the women's 53 kg weightlifting at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
  • In the women’s 55kg category, she sits at No.5 of the world rankings behind four Chinese weightlifters.

Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines competes in the women's 58kg Group A snatch weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 11, 2008.     REUTERS/Oleg Popov (CHINA)
Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz. (Photo: REUTERS/Oleg Popov (CHINA))
  • Diaz will be making her fourth straight appearance in the quadrennial meet, the first of which was the 2008 Beijing Olympics, making her the most experienced athlete of the Philippines at the Summer Games.

This picture taken on May 21, 2021 shows Olympic weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines lifting weights during a training session in Jasin in the Malaysian city of Malacca. - Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who took silver at Rio 2016, has been stuck in Malaysia since February last year because of the coronavirus pandemic but has remained determined to realise her dream of becoming the first Olympic gold medal winner from the Philippines. - To go with 'OLY-2020-2021-WEIGHTLIFTING-PHILIPPINES,INTERVIEW' (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) / To go with 'OLY-2020-2021-WEIGHTLIFTING-PHILIPPINES,INTERVIEW' (Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz. (Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images)
  • In the build-up to the Tokyo Games, she set a personal record of 130kg in the clean-and-jerk while training in Malaysia.

Gold medalist, Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz, center, reacts as she poses for photos beside silver medalist Vietnam's Thi Thuy Nguyen, left, and bronze medalist Indonesia's Juliana Klarisa during the women's 55kg weightlifting at the 30th South East Asian Games at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila, Philippines on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz (centre). (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
  • The 30-year-old has no shortage of medal hauls over the years, copping a total of 13 built on three golds, five silvers and five bronze medals.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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