Hidilyn Diaz,Pure Gold Indeed!

My brother recently texted me (July 26) regarding the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal finally won after a 97 year drought of no-wins since joining the Olympics.

It happened in Tokyo this year labelled as Tokyo 2020 Olympics because of the COVID-19 delay.

It was won by 30 year old Zamboanga City native Hidilyn Diaz in the weightlifting division. She won it in the 55 kg division in weightlifting specifically in the clean and jerk. She also achieved an Olympic record lift of 127 kg at that moment.

She now has the status now equal to that of a Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquaio.

She plans to continue her weightlifting career and to be an inspiration to all Filipinos —that nothing is impossible in this life.

.I was born and raised in the Philippines so I am fully aware that the Philippine sports programs there need more improvement and funding so as to be able to support its athletes. With such support comes great chances of achieving excellence in any sports competition –local or worldwide. Hopefully, this Olympic gold medal win will serve as a catalyst for sports program reform there in the very near future.

Even though I now live in Canada, I still have a soft spot for that country in Southeast Asia.

I also heard that Hidilyn is also a member of the military and because of her win, has just been promoted to Sergeant.

MABUHAY, SERGEANT HIDILYN—-our new Golden Girl!

Your initials are HD—for me, it will mean High Definition win!

Josie

38 comments
  1. Jo said:

    Congratulations!

  2. Congratulations to Hidilyn. It’s a great achievement indeed!πŸ‘

  3. Mayank said:

    Many congratulations. I can relate to the happiness of seeing one’s homeland winning a medal in the Olympics.
    More to come!

  4. Priti said:

    Congratulations πŸ‘

  5. That is awesome!!!! I know you feel good about your home

  6. Yes, she is an enlisted woman with the Phil Air Force. So with Eumir Marcial, who won a bronze in boxing. We have a lot of athletes who are with the military service. Philippine sports went to the dogs when Peping Cojuangco was the Phil Olympic Commission President. Too much sports politics did us in. We were finally able to oust him in 2017, and that’s when Phil Sports started its redemption.

    • Those with military experience have the discipline and physical stamina which help Olympic games

  7. Vinny said:

    I watched her! Brilliant!

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  8. Thank you Josie for rejoicing with us. I am a Filipino and it warms my heart to read this. πŸ₯°

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    • Thank you.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ

  9. excellent Josie. what a great feeling for the entire country

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  10. JoAnn said:

    Nice. Very cool and an inspirational story.

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