Breaking: Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins silver in Rio Olympics, ends country’s 20-year medal drought

  • Three-time Olympian won silver in the women’s 53kg weightlifting division
  • Her win ended the country’s 20-year medal drought
  • Country still has nine athletes who have yet to see action

MANILA, Philippines – Congratulations, Hidilyn Diaz!

Ending the country’s 20-year-medal drought, the three-time Olympian won silver in the women’s 53kg weightlifting division of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 25-year-old native of Zamboanga City garnered a total score of 200kg in the clean and jerk lift category, good for second place behind Taiwan’s Hsu Shu-Ching and her 212kg.

She settled for sixth place in the snatch event.

With the victory, Diaz uplifted the morale of a lean Philippine team which saw three of its Olympic hopefuls—table tennis player Ian Lariba, swimmer Jessie Lacuna, and boxer Charly Suarez—bow out in the opening day.

The last time the country won a medal in the four-year global sporting contest was in 1996 when boxer Mansueto Velasco bagged a silver in Atlanta.

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