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Get To Know the Athletes Who Have Made History at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' Women's Competitions

From the Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz to Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, there is no denying the power of women at the Olympics

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been in full swing since the opening ceremonies in July—with only a few days left in the games, all of us have been witness to some of the world’s most dedicated and outstanding athletes, from the United States’ Simone Biles to the Philippines’ very own Hidilyn Diaz.

Throughout the games, several athletes and Olympians have made history with their wins, making their home countries, loved ones, and themselves, proud. The Olympics this year also carries the distinction of being the first Olympics that is mostly balanced in terms of gender, with 49% of the athletes competing being women. 

The Philippines in particular is celebrating the victory of Hidilyn Diaz, who just won the country’s first-ever gold medal in the Olympics, ending a 97-year wait for this kind of victory.

Out of the 19 Filipino athletes who set out to compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2020, there are 10 women who participated and proudly represented the Philippines, including Irish Magno (Boxing - Women’s flyweight), Yuka Saso (Women’s golf), Bianca Pagdanganan (Women’s golf), Kiyomi Watanabe (Judo – Women’s 63kg), Elreen Ando (Weightlifting – Women’s 64kg), Kristina Knott (Athletics – Women’s 200m run), and Remedy Rule (Swimming – Women’s 100m butterfly, Women’s 200m butterfly).    

So far in the Tokyo Olympics 2020, two Filipina athletes (Hidilyn Diaz - Weightlifting - Women’s 55kg and Nesthy Petecio - Women’s featherweight) are making waves with their respective victories at the international sporting event. Despite gender-equality issues, the hashtag #AbanteBabae trended on Twitter as netizens and celebrities congratulated the Filipina athletes who made the country proud in the Olympics.

Here are the history-making women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

The LGBTQ community's historic participation

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics saw a record number of LGBTQ athletes across various sports, from basketball, to skateboarding, to track and field. According to Outsports, there are at least 180 out LGBTQ athletes at this year’s Games, compared to the 106 athletes at the last Olympics in Rio.

We’ve seen athletes like Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand (the weightlifter who's the first openly transgender female athlete to compete in an Olympics in an individual sport), Quinn of Canada (the soccer player who's the first openly transgender and non-binary athlete to compete in the Olympics' 125-year history and win a medal), and Alana Smith of the US (the skateboarder who's the first openly non-binary athlete to compete for the US at the Olympics) live their best lives and give their all these past few weeks.

Our very own Margielyn Didal, who's proud to be part of the LGBTQ community, got the whole country cheering for her because of her positive disposition and sportsmanship. She even gained international fans because of her friendliness. She may have finished in 7th place, but she has already made history with her ranking in the debut Olympic Skateboarding Event. Her journey with the board started at age 12. In 2018, she made it to TIME Magazine’s list of 25 influential teens. In the same year, she earned gold in the Asian Games.

Photos from the Olympics

With words by Angelica Tordesillas