Asian Games: Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz bags Philippines' first gold

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 21, 2018 09:02 PM
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz bags PHI's first gold in Asiad
GOLDEN GIRL. Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz celebrates after winning gold at the women's 53 kg weightlifting at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is now P6 million richer after claiming the country's first gold medal at the the 2018 Asian Games with her performance in the women's 53-kilograms weightlifting competition at Jakarta International Expo Hall A in Indonesia on Tuesday.

A tearful Diaz savored her hard-earned plum, before baring her plan to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which, she says would be her last. 

Her victory is doubly sweet as Diaz fell short of even qualifying in the Asian Games back in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.

She then had a memorable campaign in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil in 2016, where she copped the Philippines' first silver medal in two decades. 

(To be updated)

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