- Hidilyn Diaz won silver in women’s weightlifting competition, the first Olympic medal of the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics
- After winning the medal, she went to the Dining Hall of the Olympic Village and treated herself to a slice of pizza
- In a broadcast, she thanked all those who prayed for her.
“Yan ha puno ng cheese, kasing cheesy ko,” said Hidilyn Diaz, as she orders a slice of pizza right after winning the first Olympic medal of the Philippines in the Rio Olympics.
The 25-year-old Olympian from Zamboanga treated herself to a pizza, rice and adobo, at the Dining Hall of the Olympic Village after she bagged the silver medal in the women’s 53-kg weightlifting event.
Diaz put an end to the Philippines 20-year long drought in the Olympics, the last being that of Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco’s silver medal in boxing in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Diaz received her medal in tears. The whole country was already rejoicing when she secured the bronze medal and couldn’t ask for anything more.
However, when she realized that Li Yajun of China, failed to complete the clean and jerk event, having failed three attempts, Diaz automatically received the silver medal!
The 2016 Rio Olympics is Diaz’ third attempt at the Olympics, her first was in Beijing 2008 where she got the 11 rank. She also tried her luck in the 2012 London Olympics but likewise went home empty handed.
Now, her silver medal feels and tastes like gold.
“I have tried so hard,” said the Philippine Olympian. “I have stumbled many times. I wanted to quit, but now all of my sacrifices have paid off,” said Diaz.
Hidilyn Diaz dedicated her win to her mom and to the whole Philippines.
As Diaz was walking towards the line at the Dining Hall, she thanked those who prayed for her. An Olympian with a heart, one could hear Diaz saying that she was already very hungry, yet she is still making a broadcast. Hidilyn Diaz really knows how to put others above herself. - SD, Kami Media