Artista? Hindi ah! -- Hidilyn Diaz
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 08, 2016 06:08 PM
The glitter of showbiz is not as enticing to Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz.
The last Filipino athlete who brought home a medal in the Olympics ended up not seeing action in the next edition of the Games and acting in a sitcom.
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz ended a 20-year wait with a silver medal victory in Rio Olympics early Monday morning, duplicating the feat of former boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco during the 1996 Atlanta edition.
But the three-time Olympian Diaz, who tallied a total lift of 200kg. (88kg. in snatch and 112kg. in clean and jerk), said that she’ll not enter showbiz like Velasco – well that’s as of this time.
“Hindi ko pa sure. Artista? Hindi ah,” said the 25-year-old Diaz, who first saw action in the Olympics back in the 2008 Beijing edition.
Chinese-Taipei's Hsu Shu-ching took home gold with a total score of 212 kg., while South Korea's Yoon Jin-Hee claimed bronze with a total lift of 199kg.
The Philippines has yet to win the gold. Diaz said she’s not sure if she would continue competing all the way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“We cannot tell,” said Diaz, who is set to receive P5 million from the government as her incentive in winning the silver in the Olympics.
She is bound to receive more than that when other donors start showering her with gifts.
When Velasco won the silver in 1996, he received a brand new car and a house and lot from the private sector. Then he quit from boxing and became an actor.
Not the kind of road Diaz wanted to take.