Weightlifter Hedlin Diaz won the Philippines’ first Olympic gold on Monday, after winning the women’s 55kg event, also setting an Olympic record..
On her Instagram account, she posted videos of her training during the coronavirus lockdown in December 2020, and used broomsticks and temporary weights to train in preparation for the Olympics..
Diaz commented on the video: “Have you ever had this moment? You will do just about anything to be able to train and level up your skills, from training with water bottles that eventually turned into bags of water bottles during lockdown.”
Training to lift weights
The 30-year-old Diaz lifted 224 kg (97 snatches and 127 lbs), achieving an Olympic record, in front of China’s Qiuyun Liao 223 kg and Kazakh Zulfia Shenshanlu 213.
Practice with a broomstick
Diaz has previously booked a place in the sporting history of her country, like boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao, as the only woman to win an Olympic medal, when she surprisingly won a silver five years ago and ended the medal drought for the Philippines that lasted 20 years.
Weightlifter training with a broom
It is worth noting that the last medal won by the Philippines in the Olympic Games was in the 2016 edition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and it was in boxing competitions..
The Philippines will participate in this Olympic Games with 19 athletes, 9 men and 9 women, in weightlifting, swimming, taekwondo, boxing, skiing, shooting, rowing, judo, golf, athletics and gymnastics..