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Things on Tokyo Olympics 2020 that will make you smile

"Moving Forward," is the closing ceremony theme of Tokyo Olympics 2020, a message to remind everyone of how different countries all over the world turned diversity into hope even amid the pandemic.
But before moving forward, let's take another look at these highlights of Tokyo Olympics 2020 that will curve the line on our faces.
Philippines' golden moment
Image source: @Tokyo2020 Twitter
Image from Chris Graythen of Getty Images
The pride of the nation is definitely rising above the heels when Hidilyn Diaz won the women's 55-kilogram weightlifting division, becoming the Philippines' first Olympic gold champion.
Diaz outburst her joy after she successfully lifted a combined weight of 224 kg. It gave the Philippines a euphoric moment as the "Lupang hinirang" played while holding her tears as she salute to the nation's flag.
From the article of www.channelnewsasia.com at the Tokyo International Forum Diaz said to AFP, "I don't know if I'm a national hero…but I'm thankful that God used me to inspire all the young generation and all the Philippines people to keep fighting during this pandemic."
Agreeing to share medals
Agreeing to share medals. | Image from @mutazbarshim Twitter
Image from @mutazbarshim Twitter
After finishing the men's high jump final with the same height of 2.37 meters, Qatar's Mutaz Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi decided to share their victory by not participating in a tie-breaking jump-off. The official of the Tokyo Olympics agreed that the two athletes' decision was possible. Thus, without hesitation the Italian gave his Qatari opponent a tight hug as it marks the history of extraordinary triumph since the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, the last time medals were shared.
Knitting after winning
Knitting after winning. | Image from Olympics' Twitter account @olympics
Image from Olympics' Twitter account @olympics
British diver Tom Daley was candidly seen knitting in the audience after he bagged the gold in synchronized 10-m platform. On the official Olympics Twitter, Daley's picture was posted with the caption, "Oh this? Just Olympic champ @TomDaley1994 knitting in the stands while watching the diving". His pictures went viral because why not? Why miss the opportunity to appreciate this adorable man making a sweater for a dog using pink and purple yarn?
Margielyn Didal gets love for her good vibes
Margielyn gets love for her good vibes. | Image from @Tokyo2020 Twitter
Image from @Tokyo2020 Twitter
Philippines' Margielyn Didal landed seventh in the women's street final of skateboarding with a vibrant attitude towards the competition. Despite multiple unsuccessful tricks, Didal contained all smiles expressing that things are all good with her approval seal. Her positive vibes including cheering competitions and photobombing other Olympians made a lasting imprint on netizens from different countries.
Furthermore, the Philippines created her as meme-like profile picture frame on Facebook in which she represents the Filipinos as known for their ability to smile through ups and downs.
Applause for the veterans
Applause for the veterans. | Image from @LScola4 Twitter
Image from @LScola4 Twitter
Athletes in the long run have a goal to continue their passion competing in different events but what if the physical capability holds back the chances? Well, one thing is for sure – respect for them will always be served.
Basketball fans all over the world remembered the long-hair-basketballer legend Luis Scola from Argentina as one of the best but this year, what we saw was short-white-hair Scola who is still on his best but on his last chapter of competing. Minutes before the quarterfinals against Australia end, Scola's teammates, players from their opposing team, referees, and audience spontaneously applaud for him, the last player from Argentina's Golden generation. The acknowledgment of his contribution made him pour his emotions.
Meanwhile, 46-year-old gymnast Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan also earned a standing ovation after she announced her retirement in Tokyo Olympics 2020 as her last competition.
"It was very hard to talk about it, I thought it would be much easier," Chusovitina posted on her Instagram. This was her eighth and last time joining the Olympics.
These sights are just the tip of the iceberg from the 17-day Olympics. There were lots of things we don't know about how the success and failures of each athlete were made. So hopefully with these inspirations, we can take time to reflect on how we can move forward with a smile on our faces. Let us all learn from the sportsmanship and humanity these great Olympians have shown us. The 'Olympics Fanfare and Theme' composer John Williams once said, "The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that's wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us." (MDA)

Last Modified: 2022-Jan-23 23.01.03 UTC+0800