Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz


Filipino weightlifter turns over medal, competition uniform to Philippine sports body


MANILA – The silver medal won by Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in last year’s Rio Olympics is now part of the memorabilia of the Philippines’ sports museum.

Diaz, who placed second to Hsu Shu-ching of Taiwan in the 53-kilogram weightlifting division, turned over the medal along with the uniform she wore in the competition to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William Ramirez.

“In behalf of the PSC, we will take care of your silver medal. We will cherish it for the common good of the country and of the community of sports,” said Ramirez, who also assured Diaz that the medal is safe at the museum.

Diaz’s medal will be displayed alongside those earned by boxer Anthony Villanueva – silver medalist at the 1964 Tokyo Games; swimmer Teofilo Yldefonso – bronze medalist at the 1928 Amsterdam Games and 1932 Los Angeles Olympics; and boxer Leopoldo Serrantes – bronze medalist at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

The museum is located near the Rizal Memorial Stadium in downtown Manila and it also has memorabilia from Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and other athletes like bowlers Paeng Nepomuceno and Bong Coo, retired sprinters Lydia de Vega-Mercado and Elma Muros-Posadas, former national swimmers Eric Buhain and Akiko Thompson-Guevara, among others. GAC/Expat Media


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