‘So Proud’: Philippine Weightlifter Diaz Hailed For Historic Olympic Gold

An summary displays Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz competing within the ladies’s 55kg weightlifting pageant all through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on the Tokyo World Discussion board in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photograph through Chris GRAYTHEN / POOL / AFP)

With their eyes glued to a tv within the southern Philippines, the circle of relatives of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz yelled “push, push, push!” as she hoisted the bar to win the rustic’s first Olympic gold medal.

“Then we erupted in pleasure — we have been shouting, some shed tears of pleasure,” Emelita Diaz informed AFP Tuesday, an afternoon after observing her daughter’s historical efficiency in Tokyo — a long way from her place of birth of Zamboanga.

“We didn’t know what to really feel as a result of we have been extraordinarily satisfied.”

After just about 18 months coaching in exile in Malaysia on account of Covid-19 restrictions, Diaz smashed her private best possible and gained gold with a last blank and jerk of 127kg within the ladies’s 55kg elegance.

The 30-year-old’s triumph — which adopted her silver medal in Rio 5 years in the past — has made her a countrywide hero, along the likes of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.

“Thanks, Hidilyn Diaz, for the first-ever Olympic Gold for the Philippines! We’re so pleased with you!” Pacquiao tweeted from the US the place he’s coaching for his upcoming battle towards American Errol Spence.

The feat could also be a life-changing providence for Diaz, the daughter of a tricycle motive force at the southern island of Mindanao.

(From L to R) Silver medallist China’s Liao Qiuyun , gold medallist Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz and bronze medallist Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo stand at the podium for the victory rite of the ladies’s 55kg weightlifting pageant all through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on the Tokyo World Discussion board in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photograph through Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

As a praise for successful gold, Diaz will obtain a minimum of 33 million pesos ($655,000) from the federal government and personal sector, in addition to a space.

Assets developer Megaworld Company additionally introduced Tuesday it could give the Philippine Air Pressure girl a residential rental value 14 million pesos.

It might additionally end up a “game-changer” for different Filipino athletes, presidential spokesman Harry Roque mentioned Tuesday, acknowledging executive monetary give a boost to was once inadequate.

“It’s as though our athletes are simplest getting minimal salary,” he mentioned.

– ‘We really feel empowered’ –
Diaz’s shocking victory was once splashed around the entrance pages of Philippine newspapers and ruled web platforms.

The Philippine Celebrity’s headline “In the end, Olympic Gold” mirrored the collective reduction of Filipinos at successful their first gold medal after 97 years of Olympic pageant.

Diaz’s win was once an inspiration for different ladies, mentioned Karen Afurong, a tutorial fashion designer in Manila.

“We really feel empowered,” the 29-year-old informed AFP.

Emelita mentioned the circle of relatives spoke with Diaz Tuesday morning and congratulated her.

“I informed her… ‘It’s a large honour to our circle of relatives that you simply introduced any other honour to the rustic’,” Emelita informed AFP by the use of phone.

Greater than 20 kinfolk, together with nieces and nephews, crowded onto the porch of the circle of relatives house to look at Diaz’s efficiency, the usage of a smartphone attached to their tv.

“We have been apprehensive,” mentioned Emelita.

“They have been shouting ‘push, push, push’, get it, Haidie!’. They have been shouting and leaping for pleasure.”

Gold medallist Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz holds her medal at the podium for the victory rite of the ladies’s 55kg weightlifting pageant all through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on the Tokyo World Discussion board in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photograph through Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Diaz has now not noticed her circle of relatives since December 2019 and has spoken overtly of the sacrifices she has made in pursuit of her dream.

However after a sleepless evening, Diaz mentioned Tuesday she was once already serious about the Paris Olympics in 2024.

“Qualifying will likely be tough, but when my power is there I can proceed,” she informed journalists on Zoom.

“I can’t hand over after successful. I wish to proceed till any individual succeeds me.”