PH silver medalist in Rio Olympics
comes home to hero’s welcome

August 11 2016 5:28 PM

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After her silver medal finish in the women’s weightlifting event at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Hidilyn Diaz came home to a hero’s welcome on Thursday, August 11, according to radio reports.

READ: Duterte leads PH in congratulating weightlifter for silver medal in Rio

Diaz touched down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) at 5:27 p.m. with fellow weightlifter, Nestor Colonia, coach Alfonso Aldanate and Philippine Olympics Committee (POC) second vice president Jeff Tamayo.

The four took an Emirates plane in a 25-hour flight via Dubai.

After her arrival, Diaz will take a Cebu Pacific flight to Davao where she will pay a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte who is in the province.

Image from HIdilyn Diaz's Facebook account
Image from HIdilyn Diaz’s Facebook account

Diaz was the third Filipino to bring home a silver medal from the Olympics since boxers Anthony Villanueva in Tokyo in 1964 and Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco in Atlanta in 1996. Diaz is the first non-boxer to win a medal.

Diaz is expected to receive a P5 million cash incentive as provided under Republic Act No. 10699.

Read: Onyok Velasco hopes govt will fulfill promise to Hidilyn Diaz

Meanwhile, four other Filipino athletes are still competing in Rio.

They are:

*Miguel Tabuena (Golf)
*Mary Joy Tabal (Athletics)
*Marestella Torres Sunang (Athletics)
*Eric Cray (Athletics)

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