The Philippines scored its first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games when weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz beat China to nab a Silver with a score of 200kg earlier today. It the first non-boxing nod for the country since 1936 and, more significantly, marks the first time that a Filipina has won a medal at the world’s largest sporting event. It is the first medal for the country since boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco claimed Silver at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Previously showcased as the Philippine flag bearer in Saturday’s lavish opening ceremonies, Diaz is one of 13 Pinoy bets for the Olympics, having first competed in the Games at the age of 17 in 2008, and once more in 2012. Now aged 25, her win comes after Pinoys suffered early losses in table tennis and swimming.
The Philippines is a country that takes immense pride in its hometown heroes, and with this win, all eyes will most definitely be on the steps that brought Diaz to that Olympic podium. After all, the Silver Medal shows, in no uncertain terms, that the Philippines can not only compete on the global stage, but we can go so far as to deliver a triumph.
For now, all of us here at PlayPH are happy to offer up a hearty congratulations, as well as the thanks of a grateful nation.
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