Five things you need to know about Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Five things you need to know about Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Athlete Hidilyn Diaz made a lot of Filipinos proud after winning silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Diaz's victory ended the Philippines' 20 year drought in Olympic medals.

Diaz placed second to Chinese Taipei's Hsu Shu-Ching in the women's 53-kg weightlifting division.

Here are five things you need to know about what many sports enthusiasts and proud Filipinos alike call as our new hero:

1.) She was the youngest competitor in the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Five things you need to know about Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Hidilyn Diaz ended the 20 year PH drought for an olympic medal. Photo by: www.philstar.com

The athlete competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics hosted by Beijing where she was also hailed as the youngest competitor in her field. Only 17 at that time, Hidilyn also boasts of many other awards.

The now 25 year old, Diaz is also a recipient of various awards in the field of weightlifting in the past few years.

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2.) Diaz is the first female weightlifter to compete for the Philippines in the Olympics

Five things you need to know about Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Hardwork is the key. Diaz during her training for the Rio Olympics. Photo by: www.rappler.com

Apparently, the athlete did not only make history by handing the Philippines its first olympic medal after 20 years, she is also the first female weightlifter who represented the country in the Olympics.

According to her biography, she is the second Filipino to have represented the country in the event, second only to her coach, Ramon Solis.

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3.) Rio Olympics is Diaz's third attempt

Five things you need to know about Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Hidilyn Diaz showing her silver medal. Photo by: globalnation.inquirer.net

It seems like number three is Diaz's lucky number. She competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics but did make it. She also competed during the 2012 London Olynmpics but fell short. Her third attempt however made her an instant superstar.

4.) Diaz was the Philippines flag bearer in the 2012 London Olympics

Five things you need to know about Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Hidilyn Diaz during the awarding ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo by: news.abs-cbn.com

Diaz once graced our television screens and social media feeds. We may have not noticed her but the Filipino pride served as the country's flag bearer during the 2012 Olympics.

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The 2012 Olympics was her second attempt. She may have failed at that time but her victory surely dominated our feeds.

5.) Diaz hails from Mindanao

Five things you need to know about Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Diaz nailed it on her third attempt. Photo by: www.philstar.com

In the past few days, key players in the Philippines are all coming from Mindanao. Three high-ranking government officials of the country who were elected recently are from Mindanao including President Rodrigo Duterte; Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez among others.

Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz hails from Zamboanga City in Mindanao.

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She is a student of the Universidad de Zamboanga, where she also made a name for herself for winning various awards in her field.

If there's one thing that Hidilyn Diaz is capable of teaching us, it probably is not just being proud of being Filipino, it is more likely that her story is a proof that if you work hard on what you aim to be, you will be successful, it may not happen in your first try but it surely will be a reality. It took her three attempts before she could snatch that silver medal. -Kami Media

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