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Hidilyn Diaz
As a young girl, Hidilyn Diaz faced disapproval for her chosen sport of weightlifting. However, her decision to ignore all those critical voices paid off. The Filipina weightlifter has today become a national icon after claiming Olympic gold in the 55kg division in Tokyo, her second Olympic medal and the Philippines’ first-ever gold at the Olympic Games.