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Female weightlifter wins silver for PH in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO: Hidilyn Diaz broke a 20-year Olympic medal drought for the Philippines by winning a silver in the women’s 53 kg class of the weightlifting competitions of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

This is the first time a Filipino has won an Olympic medal since Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco’s silver medal for boxing at the 1996 Atlanta games, reported GMA News.

Diaz reportedly lifted 88 kg in the snatch, and 112 kg in the clean and jerk, for an overall lift of 200 kg.

Meanwhile, the women’s 53 kg weightlifting gold medal was won by Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Shu-ching with an overall lift of 212 kg, the report said.

The bronze medal went to South Korea’s Yoon Jin-hee, who managed to hoist 199 kg, said the news portal.

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