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Far from home: Weightlifter’s quest for first Philippines Olympic gold

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who took silver at Rio 2016, has been stuck in Malaysia since February last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but is determined to realise her dream of becoming the first Olympic gold medal winner from the Philippines.

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