Hidilyn Diaz Wins the Silver! | Women’s 53kg Weightlifting | Olympic Games Rio 2016
Hidilyn Diaz (born February 20, 1991) is a Filipino weightlifter. She competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and was also the youngest competitor in the women’s 58-kg category in that same Olympics. She was a bronze medalist in the 2007 SEA Games inThailand and achieved 10th place at the 2006 Asian Games in the 53-kilogram class. A student of the Universidad de Zamboanga, she also won two golds and one silver in the Asian Youth/Junior Weightlifting Championship held in Jeonju, South Korea.
Third time’s proven to be a charm for Filipina and three-time Olympian Hidilyn Diaz who bagged the silver medal in the women’s weightlifting 53 kg-division late Sunday (Monday morning, Manila time) in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Diaz’s win officially ended the 20-year Olympic medal drought of the Philippines, which last earned an Olympic medal in 1996 when boxer Onyok Velasco picked up a silver in his division. Pursuant to the Athletes Incentive Act, Diaz comes home to the Philippines with a five million peso reward.