Philippines and Bermuda Have Won Their Historic First Olympic Gold Medals-Ever

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It was a historical day for Bermuda at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with Flora Duffy taking home the country’s first-ever gold medal in women’s triathlon.

Two-time world champ Duffy reigned over in each 3 legs of the triathlon– swimming, cycling and running– to pull out the win, coming out on top of Great Britain’s 2020 world champ Georgia Taylor-Brown, who got silver, and bronze winner Katie Zaferes of Team USA. Duffy placed an excellent time of 1:55:36 in spite of difficult climate condition that hampered the start of the race. Duffy’s win additionally registered the nation’s second-ever Olympic medal. (The prior medal went to Clarence Hill in 1976).

Duffy’s special win came in the wake of the Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz triumphing her country’s own first-ever gold in the 55-kilogram classification of women’s weight-lifting. Diaz also set an Olympic record in a close fight that boiled down to her last lift, hefting a combined weight overall of 224 kgs throughout 2 fruitful tries.

Hidilyn Diaz of Team Philippines during the Weightlifting – Women’s 55kg Group A on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo International Forum on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

” I sacrificed a lot. I wasn’t able to be with my mom and dad for the number of months and years and then obviously, training was excruciating,” Diaz stated, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “But God had a plan.”

Bermuda started taking part in the Olympic Games in 1936, while the Philippines initially competed almost 100 years back in 1924.

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