The Philippines has finally earned an Olympic medal after a disappointing drought of 20 years, all thanks to this brave and determined female athlete, Hidilyn Diaz. But what do we know about our victorious Olympian?
Here are quick facts about Hidilyn Diaz that everyone should know:
- She is a Filipina weightlifter.
- She was born on February 20, 1991 and is a native of Zamboanga.
- Her full name is Hidilyn Francisco Diaz.
- Hidilyn is the fifth child in a family of 6.
- Her cousins also competed in weightlifting events, inspiring her to be an athlete herself.
- She decided to be a weightlifter at the age of 11.
- She joined the Philippine National team in 2004 when her coach and mentor Antonio Agustin recommended her to the organization.
- In her first Olympian career in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, she was considered as a wild card entry.
- She was the first female weightlifter to compete for the Philippines in the Olympics
- She was the youngest competitor under the women’s 58-kg category in the same 2008 Olympics.
- She also got a bronze medal a year back in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games (SEA) held in Thailand.
- Hidilyn was only 17 years old when she broke her own record: lifted 85-kg in the snatch and 107-kg in the clean and jerk for a 192-kg total.
- She was a student of the Universidad de Zamboanga when she won her two golds and one silver in a competition in South Korea, the Youth/Junior Weightlifting Championship.
- In this year’s Rio Summer Olympics in Brazil, she competed at the women’s 53-kg weight division and finally won the country a silver medal.
- Diaz’ silver medal win is a first for the Philippines after a 20-year medal drought in the Olympics.
- This is already her third Olympics and this time, she scored 88 in snatch and 112 in clean and jerk, for a total of 200.
- She celebrated her historic Olympic silver medal by eating pizza, and of course, rice and adobo.
- Currently, she is the first ever Filipina weightlifter to compete and win in the Olympics.