Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn F. Diaz, who made history on Monday when she secured the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal, was the most-mentioned athlete globally on Facebook from July 26, 9 a.m. PT, to July 27, 9 a.m. PT (midnight in Manila). In that timeframe, Ms. Diaz overtook American gymnast Simone Biles and Brazilian skateboarder Rayssa Leal.
The four-time Olympian’s achievement of winning in the 55-kilogram class weightlifting competition garnered overflowing support and recognition from fans on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook also reported that the Philippines was the country that talked most about the Olympics on the platform, ahead of the United States and India, with the Philippine flag emoji ranking third on the list of most-used emojis on the app.
Ms. Diaz was also the third most-mentioned athlete on Instagram during the same period. — Brontë H. Lacsamana