The National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT) congratulates Hidilyn Francisco Diaz for clinching the Philippines first Olympic gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, ending the 97-year gold medal drought since the Philippines started participating in the Games in 1924.
NCCT Executive Director Desideria Mance Atienza expressed her admiration to Hidilyn for being ‘driven and nationalistic despite suffering injuries and setbacks earlier in her career, rising above the challenges, and for her display of deep faith in God. “Hidilyn Diaz’s commitment to training and eventual victory is a model and source of hope for all Filipino children and learners; her success is a testament that despite the odds, we Filipinos can excel as a people and as a nation”, ED Atienza commented.
Diaz won the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal after beating world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China in the weightlifting women’s 55kg event. The Philippines’ golden girl bagged the victory with her total of 224 kilograms and made a new Olympic record after she managed to lift 127kg in her last clean and jerk category attempt on July 25, 2021.
The four-time Olympian and 30-year-old weightlifter from Mampang, Zamboanga City became the first Filipina double Olympic medalist after her 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal conquest.
Hidilyn’s triumph served as source of pride to the Filipino people and inspired congratulatory messages and social media posts as ‘an incredible journey of resilience, strong commitment and determination against all odds’, ‘a victory for the Filipino people and a triumph for women empowerment in sports, athletics and social equality’, and ‘makes us all in Asean (countries) proud’.#dmm