"Expectation ko bronze lang. Tapos binigay ni God silver"
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 08, 2016 11:20 AM
Gold medal winner Hsu Shu-Ching, of Taiwan, center, stands with silver medal winner Hidilyn Diaz, of the Philipines, left, and bronze medal winner Yoon Jin-hee, of South Korea, right, after the women's 53kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
For Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, the power of prayer works wonders.
Diaz, who ended the Philippines’ two-decade medal drought in the quadrennial event by finishing second in the 53 kilogram women’s category in weightlifting, profusely acknowledged how her faith played a big role in her historic feat.
"Sobrang saya po. Kasi po yung expectation ko bronze lang naman eh. Tapos binigay ni God sa akin silver. Sobrang saya. God iba-iba plano mo sa akin," said Diaz in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo.
She also shared how she had an emotional moment the morning before she competed.
"Kasi this morning may mass kami. Nung kumanta si Father ng di ko maintindihan na Portuguese na kanta umiyak ako! Sabi ko God thank you. Feel na feel ko talaga presence."
The 25-year old from Zamboanga also credits her openess to changes in her training program as a key to her success.
"Siguro po naging open ako sa strength and conditioning. Naging open ako sa rehab, nutrionist. Marami rin sakripisyo para makatungtong dito."
"Yung gusto lang po bronze lang eh. As an athlete, as a weighlifter ang gusto lang namin makuha kung anung nasa harap. Tapos yung pressure sa harap pa."