|Diaz cemented her legacy by becoming the first Filipino to win an Olympic gold medal since the Philippines joined the quadrennial meet in 1924. (Photo from SCMP)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA — Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history on Monday in Tokyo, Japan at least three times in a single day, PhilStar reported.
First, she broke the Olympic record for women's events with her 224-kg total to overtake reigning champ Quiyun Liao of China who earlier set a 223-kg record. Then she earned the country's first-ever Olympic gold medal, which she received in tears. Diaz afterward made a long salute as a sergeant of the Philippine Air Force as the Philippine national anthem "Lupang Hinirang" was played at the Summer Games for the first time.