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Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz brings PHL’s first gold medal

Hidilyn Diaz (Photo Credits: asiangames2018.id)

Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz won the first gold medal for the Philippines at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta Indonesia after topping the women’s weightlifting 53-kilogram event.

At the Jakarta International Expo Hall A, the 27-year old weightlifter carried a total of 207 kilograms to best 11 other athletes from other participating Asian countries.

The event’s silver medal went to Kristina Shermetova of Turkmenistan, who lifted a total of 206 kilograms, and the bronze medal went to Surodchana Khambao, who lifted a total of 201 kilograms.

The 27-year old Filipina weightlifter became a prominent athlete in the Philippines after winning the silver medal in the women’s 53 kilogram weightlifting category in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Her win ended the 20-year Philippines’ medal drought in the Olympics.

Diaz also won a gold medal in the 2015 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Phuket, Thailand, and silver medals in the 2011 and 2013 Southeast Asian Games, and the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Meanwhile, the Philippines has won its fourth bronze medal in the Asian Games via taekwondo ji’s 22-year old Pauline Lopez.

Lopez secured a podium finish in the taekwondo women’s under-57 kg event after besting Xiao Feng of Macau and Gyani Chunara of Nepal to reach the semifinals.

However, Lopez failed to book a slot in the finals after losing to Luo Zongshi of China.

Previously, the Philippines’ women’s and men’s taekwondo poomsae team and wushu martial artist Agatha Wong also won bronze medals in their respective events.

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