Hidilyn Diaz: "Bibili ako ng lupa sa side ng bahay namin"
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 08, 2016 08:55 AM
Hidilyn Diaz, of the Philipines, laughs as she leaves the stage after a lift in the women's 53kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Fresh off winning the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz already has plans on what she will do will with the cash incentive she will receive for her feat.
"Bibili ako ng lupa sa side ng bahay namin. Tapos po gagawin kong gym, weightlifting gym. Plano ko po iyon since December pa po. Since wala pa po akong pera. Iyon ang naging motivation ko para kunin ang medal," Diaz revealed in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo.
Under the Philippine Incentives Act, a gold medal in the Olympics is worth P10 million in cash incentives, a silver medal P5 million and a bronze P2 million.
Diaz, who hails from Zamboanga City, finished second in the women's 53-kg division won by Chinese Taipei's Hsu Shu-Ching.
The 25-year old Diaz's silver is the Philippines' first medal since the 1996 when boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco bagged the silver in the Atlanta Olympic Games.