Tokyo 2020 - Manny Pacquiao heaps praise on Hidilyn Diaz after weightlifter wins Philippines' first ever gold
Hidilyn Diaz burst into tears after winning the Philippines' first ever gold medal at an Olympics. The 30-year-old pipped China's Liao Qiuyun to Olympic glory in her final lift and was already in tears before she dropped the bar. “It's unbelievable, it's a dream, come true. I want to say to the young generation in the Philippines, 'You can have this dream of gold too'," she said.
Hidilyn Diaz of Team Philippines celebrates after winning the Weightlifting - Women's 55kg Group A on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Diaz is already a national hero back home having ended a 20-year medal drought at Rio 2016 when she won silver in the 53kg class.
“It's unbelievable, it's a dream come true,” Diaz told AFP.
I want to say to the young generation in the Philippines, 'You can have this dream of gold too'.
“This is how I started and finally I was able to do it.”
She added: “I'm looking forward to enjoying life because I have been in Malaysia for, I don't know, almost two years, so I'm really thankful I can go home now and celebrate with my family and the people who support me.”
The Philippines has just 11 medals in their Olympic history and Diaz was faced with a daunting task after Liao came within four kilograms of her own world record.