First in 20 Years: Hidilyn Diaz wins the Philippines’ first Olympic medal in Rio 2016

The twenty-year drought of the Philippines in the Olympics has ended today with weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz’s silver medal finish at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

For the first set of competitions in the 2016 Winter Olympics, we were met with many losses starting in the event of Boxing where one of the two boxers entered by the Philippines failed to advance to the Round of 16 after losing to Joseph Cordina of Great Britain via split decision. Jesse Lacuna, the country’s entry to the Mens 400 m freestyle also failed to reach the next round of his event as well as Ian Lariba who is the country’s entry to the Table Tennis event.

The string of bad luck for our Olympic team this year came to a temporary halt as Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines its first Olympic medal after 20 years (since we last won an Olympic medal). Not a bronze but a silver medal!

She won us a medal for the event of Weightlifting in the Women’s – 53kg category. The medal that she won us is also our first non-boxing medal in the Olympics since 1936 so not only did she make history once for our country, but twice!

The weightlifter was met with praises as soon as her victory was announced. Ordinary netizens as well as public figures came together to express their congratulations to her. Malacanang Palace has congratulated her as well.

Senator Grace Poe

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr.

SLAM PH Sportswriter Carlos “Chuck” Araneta

Raym (@raymtweets)

Erika (@NeuroticSlacker)

PATH! GANERN! (@pathcarcer)

Malacanang’s Official Statement on Hidilyn Diaz’s win can be read HERE

This is not yet the end of the Philippines’ Olympic journey for this year as eight of our thirteen athletes are still competing in the following days. We also wish them luck and hope that one of them will be able to follow Hidilyn’s footsteps to bring our country more Olympic medals.


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