RIO DE JANEIRO – The Philippines’ first medal in the 31st Olympic Games came in the form of a silver courtesy of the women’s 53kg weightlifting athlete Hidilyn Diaz. She broke a 20-year medal drought for the country after winning a silver medal in the Rio Olympics on Monday morning.
Diaz lifted a total of 200kg, coming in second behind Hsu Shu-ching of Chinese Taipei in the women’s 53kg weightlifting. The bronze went to Yoon Jin Hee of South Korea. She is one of 13 Philippine athletes competing in Rio, finally won a medal after three Olympic stints. Her first was in the 2008 Beijing Games followed by the 2012 London Games where she also served as the flag-bearer.
It is only the Philippines’ third silver medal in the Olympics, and Diaz’s silver is the first outside of boxing.
Light flyweight boxer Mansueto ‘Onyok’ Velasco won the silver in the 1996 Atlanta Games.