Paul Klein, Jake Goss, and Les Priest of American pop band LANY extended their congratulations to weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz after the latter bagged the first gold medal for the Philippines at the Olympics.
“Congrats to @hidilyndiaz and the Philippines (who have been so unbelievable to my band) on your first ever gold medal," lead singer Paul Jason Klein posted on his Instagram Stories.
LANY had their first concert in the Philippines in 2018. Their Malibu Nights concert at the Araneta Coliseum on April 5, 2018 was sold out in 24 hours leading to a second show the next day.
Meanwhile, drummer Jake Clifford Goss shared a snapshot of Hidilyn at the Olympics on his Instagram Stories and said, "History. Mahal kita sobra, Philippines!"
Keyboardist Charles Leslie Priest also wrote, "Congrats @hidilyndiaz Philippines 1st gold."
Hidilyn became the first Filipino Olympic gold medalist when she won the women's 55kg weightlifting competition. (Although Filipina bowler Arianne Cerdeña won an Olympic gold medal in 1988, her sport was an exhibition event back then and was not counted in the official medal tally.)
"Hindi ako makapaniwala. Nasorpresa ako na nagawa ko 'yun. Kakaiba si God. Sa lahat ng prayer warriors ko diyan sa Pilipinas, thank you so much. At sa team HD at sa lahat ng sumuporta sa akin, thank you so much for believing in me," Hidilyn said in an interview with Gretchen Ho in Tokyo.