President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday congratulated Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning the silver medal, the Philippines first non-boxing Olympic medal since the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Diaz won silver medal for placing second in the women’s weightlifting division for her overall lift of 200 kilograms. Placing 1st was Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese-Taipei.
“On behalf of a proud nation, we congratulate Hidilyn Diaz for winning the Philippines’ first medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The inspiring story of Diaz is the story of Filipinos. Bespectacled and standing at 5’2”, Hidilyn, who hails from Zamboanga City, took up weightlifting from a relative who taught her the sports. 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. Congratulations, Hidilyn, our first Olympic medalist from Mindanao. Mabuhay ka at ipagmamalaki ka naming lahat,” Presidential Communications Office Sec. Martin Andanar said in a statement.
The 25-year old athlete won her 1st bronze medal on 2015 World Weightlifting championship and this is her 3rd Olympic stint wherein she also participated in 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 Summer Games in London.
For winning an Olympic medal, Diaz will receive P5 million reward coming from the government.