Athlete Hidilyn Diaz bagged the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal on April 26 in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She won the women’s 55-kilogram category in weightlifting, defeating Chinese athlete Liao Qiuyun. This victory is a result of her work despite the lack of support from the reactionary regime for athletes’ training.
This was first exposed in 2019 when Diaz solicited financial support from private sponsors noting that she was already “hard up.” Because of this exposé, she became the target of the regime’s trolls on social media. She was also maliciously implicated in the “Oust Duterte matrix” which was released by the regime on the same year.
Meanwhile, boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlos Paalam both bagged silver medals (second place) in their respective fights on August 3 and August 7. Boxer Eumir Marcial also bagged a bronze medal (third place). This was the Philippines’ first time to bag more than one medal in the Olympics.