Thu. May 26th, 2022

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz will receive a total of P33 million in cash for her historic feat of winning the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal at Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Weightlifting – Women’s 55kg – Group A – Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines celebrates after a lift. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Republic Act 10699 stipulates that Olympic gold medallists will receive P10 million for those competing in individual events, while the MVP Sports Foundation also pledged to give an additional P10 million for that. Furthermore,

“This is the tournament of tournaments. We want to showcase what Filipino talent can do. We want to show the world that we can compete,” MVP Sports Foundation chairman Manny V. Pangilinan said in a previous statement.

Business tycoon Ramon S. Ang committed P10 million for every gold medallist in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics while 1-Pacman Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero pledged P3 million.

Diaz, a Philippine Air Force sergeant, bagged the country’s first gold medal, was also congratulated by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and top military officials.

“Her success is a testament to the unwavering spirit of the Filipino to rise above all odds,” Lorenzana said in a statement.

Diaz, a 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist, prevailed in a neck and neck showdown with China’s Liao Qiuyun in the clean-and-jerk lift as their battle for the gold went down the wire.

Finishing tied with Diaz in the snatch with a 97-kg. maximum lift, Liao lifted 126 kg. in her final lift, forcing Diaz to go for 127 to steal the top spot from Liao.

Diaz, however, smoothly cleared the 127-kg. lift to win it all, also setting an Olympic record in the process.

Her 224-kg. total is also an Olympic record.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said Diaz’s historic feat brought “pride and glory” to the military and the country.

Sobejana said the entire AFP was inspired by Diaz’s hard work, perseverance, and dedication.

“We wish her the best moving forward. Soar high, Airwoman!” he added.

Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes said Diaz personifies the “Diwa, Galing at Malasakit” of members of the Air Force.

Diaz, who hails from Zamboanga, entered the PAF as an active personnel in 2013 and is currently an organic personnel of its Civil-Military Operations Group.

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