Philippines celebrates Diaz's silver medal in Rio

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 09, 2016 09:44 AM
Philippines celebrates Diaz's silver medal in Rio
Hidilyn Diaz, of the Philipines, wipes away tears after winning the silver medal 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)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines celebrates the silver medal win of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro — and a break to the 20-year medal drought for the Southeast Asian country.

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman Ernesto Abella said Monday Duterte joins Filipinos in celebrating Diaz' victory. He says the president has sent his congratulations to the athlete, an Air Force soldier, who has brought honor to the country.

Vice President Leni Robredo says Diaz serves as an inspiration to every Filipino and a reminder that no challenge is too heavy for a Filipino woman to overcome.

The three-time Olympian's medal is the Philippines' first since boxer Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco won the silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Diaz placed during the women's 53kg weightlifting competition Sunday.

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