Asian Games: Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins first gold for PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) — Hidilyn Diaz gave the Philippines its first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Diaz reigned supreme in the women's 53 kilogram (kg) in weightlifting Tuesday at the Jakarta International Expo.

The 27-year-old pride of Zamboanga City tallied a total of 207 kg to beat out Turkmenistan's Kristina Shermetova (206 kg) who came at second, and Thailand's Surodchana Khambao (201 kg) who ended up at third in the 12-woman field.

The Philippines' medal haul now stands at one gold and four bronze.

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She posted 92 points in snatch, and 115 in the clean and jerk.

Diaz captured her first career Asian Games gold. She won a silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

After her win, she called for more support for Filipino weightlifters.

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President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated Diaz after delivering a speech at a conference with municipal mayors in Cebu City.

The Armed Forces is also proud of Diaz, who is an airwoman first class.

"Diaz epitomizes the diligence, perseverance, hard work, and dedication not only of every airman, soldier, sailor, and marine, but of every Filipino who triumphs over all adversities and challenges," the AFP said in a statement.