Rio Review: What Diaz’s Win Did to the Philippines
Rio 2016 Olympics was special not just because of the record-breaking gold medals of swimmer Michael Phelps or the fascinating ending ceremony, but because one of the Filipino athletes successfully brought home the bacon. A kind of bacon, at least.
Hidilyn Diaz, a 25-year-old Zamboanga native, broke the two-decade medal drought of the Philippines as she took home the silver medal in Women's 58-kg Weigh Division Weightlifting in the XXXI Olympiad. Diaz lifted a total of 200 kilograms to take the second place in the prestigious worldwide competition. She was also the first Filipina in Weightlifting to ever compete in Olympics.
Her victory took the social media by storm. On that day, with the never-ending congratulatory posts and tweets through the three major social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the Philippines was a proud nation.
Hidilyn's triumph served as an inspiration to many athletes in the country whether it's for her sports or not. Almost every athlete, even the young ones, are now planning to follow her steps.
This great achievement doesn't just lift the spirit of unity among the Filipinos all over the world, but it also intensifies the hunger of her fellow athletes for winning more medals and persevering to represent the country at the upcoming Olympics.
Hidilyn Diaz did not win just for herself, but for her country as well. And with the vow of President Rodrigo Duterte to solve the problems regarding financial support for athletes, the pride that Diaz's brought will just be the starting point to a brighter and better future of sports in the Philippines.