History has been made as Hidilyn Diaz becomes the first Filipino female athlete who won an Olympic medal for the Philippines.
She has ended the country’s 20-year Olympic medal drought when she secured a silver medal in the women’s 53-kg weightlifting division at the 2016 Summer Games on Sunday, August 7 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After years of training and countless competitions, Diaz finally won the coveted medal, marking her name in the country’s history books permanently as the first Filipino female Olympic winner and the first Filipino to win a medal in weightlifting.
However, many are asking who Diaz is. So for who are wandering who Hidilyn Diaz is, here is the 411 on the Olympic winner.
Hidilyn Diaz is a 25-year-old Filipino weightlifter from Zamboanga City. She first started her professional career in weightlifting back in 2007 at the 24th Southeast Asian Games held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand where she won a bronze medal at the 58-kg weightlifting division.
At the time, Diaz was only 17 years old but because of her impressive performance during the competition, many spectators, including Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez, were impressed and saw her great potential at the sports.
Since then, Diaz has competed in numerous competitions including three Summer Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), two Asian Championships and one World Championship in Houston, Texas.
During the span of her 9-year professional career in weightlifting, Diaz has earned a total of nine medals, five of which are bronze medals, three silver medals and one gold medal from the 1st Southeast Asian Weightlifting Championship in Bangkok.
Now that her dreams of becoming an Olympian winner has come true, Diaz said that she plans on leaving the Air Force to accept a scholarship at Lindenwood University in Missouri, USA.