Netizens' steadfast support for Hidilyn Diaz, now the most talked about athlete on Facebook

Published July 29, 2021, 8:06 AM

by Len Amadora

On Monday, Hidilyn Diaz bagged the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal with a victory in the 55-kg class weightlifting competition, putting an end to an almost century-long drought for the country.

Today by the numbers – Facebook and Instagram

Since this historic achievement, fans have rallied behind her on Facebook and Instagram with their overflowing support and recognition for the Filipina weightlifter. With these, the four-time Olympian is currently the most-mentioned athlete on Facebook and the third most-mentioned on Instagram across the globe over the past 24 hours. Hidilyn overtook American gymnast Simone Biles and Brazilian skateboarder Rayssa Leal.

Loudest countries talking about Olympics on Facebook

Over this same period, Facebook also reports that the Philippines sits as the country that talks most about the Olympics on the platform, besting the United States and India. The Philippine flag emoji also landed a podium finish, ranking as the third most-used emoji on the app during the same period.