Filpina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz.


Hidilyn Diaz’s ‘journey of grit’ praised


CEBU CITY – The Philippine government congratulated Hidilyn Diaz for making history after she ended the Philippines’ 20-year medal drought in the Olympic Games.

Diaz won a silver medal in the women’s 53kg event in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar congratulated Diaz, saying that her inspiring story is the story of Filipinos.

“Hers is about overcoming shyness but for an inspired nation, her road to Rio is a journey of grit, patience and determination which ended a 20-year long medal drought for the Philippines,” Andanar said.

Diaz came in second with Chinese-Taipei’s Hsu Shu-Ching who lifted 212 kilograms.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the athlete’s win is proof that “truly, change has come” to the country.

Abella said the Philippines and the President is honored and proud of her silver medal win at the Rio Olympics.


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