Several showbiz personalities took to social media to congratulate weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for making history as the first Filipino to win a gold medal in the Olympics.
Hidilyn, 30, bested eight other athletes, including world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China, in the women's 55kg division in weightlifting at the Tokyo Games on Monday, July 26.
This marks the second time the Zamboanga-born weightlifter secured an Olympic medal, after her silver finish in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, ending the Philippines' 20-year drought.
Below are the local celebrities who congratulated Hidilyn on her record-breaking victory.
Jodi Sta. Maria
The fact that our first Olympic GOLD medalist, Hidilyn Diaz was born, raised and trained here in the Philippines just made it extra SWEET.— 范鴻志 RICHARD JUAN 홍지 (@richardjuan) July 26, 2021
Congratulations!! 🥇🇵🇭😭 pic.twitter.com/R9v3zSMhAm
Nakakaiyak! What a proud moment for the Philippines! Thank you @diaz_hidilyn 🥇 I’m sure you’ve sparked a fire in little girls, in fact, in all children across the country that with hard work & dedication they can fulfill their biggest dreams! MARAMING SALAMAT 🇵🇭 https://t.co/fngaqBWmaj— Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) July 26, 2021
HILIDYN DIAZ YOU ARE GOLD. Maraming salamat for the hope and light you give!!!!!!!!!!!— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) July 26, 2021
In 2018, Hidilyn also set a record as the first Filipino weightlifter to win gold at the Asian Games. She also placed first in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Manila, and won a bronze medal in the 2019 World Championships.