#WaybackWednesday: One year ago, Hidilyn Diaz lifted the Filipino spirit

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 09, 2017 12:14 PM
One year ago, Hidilyn Diaz lifted the Filipino spirit
One year ago today, Hidilyn Diaz lifted the Philippines all the way to an Olympic silver medal. (AP Photo)

Last August 9, 2016, in the heat of the Olympic competitions in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, an unassuming Zamboangeña bagged a historic silver medal in the women's 53-kilogram weigliting event.

On that historic day, lifter Hidilyn Diaz claimed the Philippines' first Olympic medal in 20 years, while becoming the only Filipino woman to bring home hardware.

 

One year na pala nakalipas after ko manalo sa Rio Olympics 2016. Ang daming pagbabago nangyari sa buhay ko na nagbukas nang panibagong opportunidad di lang para sa sarili ko kundi para sa lahat ng mga atleta ng Pilipinas, napatunayan ko kaya pala natin mga pilipino kung hahanap tayo ng paraan at gagawin ang lahat para sa inang bayan. After one year ang daming pangarap natupad, lakwatsa at memories na di ko makalimutan. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat na naging parte ng drastic changes ng buhay ko at initindi ang pagiging busy ko, sa mga kaibigan, pamilya, mga future Hidilyn Diaz at sa mga supporter salamat po sa support and understanding niyo, kumakapit parin kayo at kaibigan ko parin kayo. 😜 Di ko na pahabain, baka kayo iiyak. Chos! Soon isusulat at ilalagay ko ano mga pangyari naganap sakin after ko manalo sa Olympics naghahanap lang ng time, kailangan ko lang magpahinga ngayon at magfocus kasi competition is coming. I need to prepare for it. Love you all. 😘😘😘 #hidilyndiaz #fitness #fitnessmotivation #olympic #weightlifting #labanpilipinas

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The three-time Olympian's inspiring story of bouncing back from defeat, and the glory she brought to the country, was enough for her to be recognized as the 2016 Philippine Sportswriters Association's Athlete of the Year.

A year after her historic win, Diaz has used her newfound following to aid the resurgence of the sport, hoping to develop future talent, or as she puts it, the "next Hidilyn Diaz".

But make no mistake, Diaz is hungry for more, and is eyeing an Olympic return in Tokyo 2020.

"Parang ayaw ko pa mag-retire. Tokyo po. Kaya ko po kung susuportahan ako," Diaz said last year.

"Siguro hindi na ako papayag na silver lang. Gusto ko gold na," she added. 

Three years from now, we may get to see Diaz fulfill an even bigger dream.

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