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Hidilyn Diaz inspires the Philippines to believe in more than miracles

Country can advance economically with the right government support

| Philippines
Hidilyn Diaz celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the women's 55kg weightlifting event on July 26: the link between the Philippines' putative wealth and its performance in worldwide competition is rather jagged.   © AP

Criselda Yabes is a journalist based in the Philippines. She is author of "The Battle of Marawi," her 10th book, which was published last year.

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