Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz could bring the country’s first Olympic gold medal after formalizing her qualification for the 2020 Olympics, the Tokyo Olympics. Diaz formally cements her qualification after participating in the women’s 55kg event in the Asian Weightlifting Championship in Uzbekistan, last Sunday.
Diaz placed 4th after lifting a total of 212kg. Chinese athletes Qiuyun Liao (222kg) and Yajun Li (221kg) bagged the gold and silver medals, respectively. Meanwhile, Uzbekistan’s Muattar Nabieva (213kg) bagged bronze.
The weightlifter is the seventh Filipino athlete who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Other qualifiers include pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo, and boxers Eumir Marcial, Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio, and Carlo Paalam.
Hidilyn Francisco Diaz is a weightlifter and airwoman. Her accomplishments (including participation) are the following: 2008 Summer Olympics (youngest competitor in the women’s 58kg category), 2007 SEA Games Thailand (bronze medalist), 2006 Asian Games (10th place in the 53kg class), Asian Youth/Junior Weightlifting South Korea (two golds and one silver during her University days), and 2016 Summer Olympics (silver in the women’s 53kg division).
Her participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics ended the country’s 20-year Olympic medal drought. She is also the first woman to win an Olympic medal of any color.
About Tokyo 2020. The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and also known as Tokyo 2020, is an international multi-sport event to be held from July 23 to August 08, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. It was to take place in 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic. The games will highlight new competitions such as 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX, Madison cycling, and other mixed events; new sports such as karate, sports climbing, surfing, and skateboarding; and return of baseball and softball since 2008.