First Filipina Olympic Medalist Ends Philippines' 20-year Medal Drought

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz marked history for the Philippines by winning the first Olympic medal for her nation in weightlifting in the 2016 Rio Olympics, ending a long dry spell for the country in medal wins since 1996.  A report by Philippine and US-based news wire INQUIRER.net enthuses: "There always comes a time in a nation’s sporting history when one hero passes the torch to another hero. Make that heroine this time. Enter Hidilyn Diaz; step back Manny Pacquiao.
Diaz has been receiving massive accolades from her countrymen and Filipinos across the globe for this victory.
INQUIRER.net cites that after a failure in her two previous cracks at glory, the 25-year-old Diaz finally rose to the occasion by snapping the country’s long dry spell in the Olympics with a silver medal finish in weightlifting at the 31st Summer Games in Brazil.
In bagging the mint in the 53-kilogram class, the deeply religious lifter from Zamboanga City obliterated paradigms of the country’s participation in the quadrennial sporting spectacle.
The Philippines’ first female weightlifting Olympian became its first female medalist. She was the third winner of the silver medal in the Olympics for the Philippines after boxers Anthony Villanueva in 1964 Tokyo and Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

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