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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, four other Filipino athletes are still competing in Rio.
*Miguel Tabuena (Golf)
*Mary Joy Tabal (Athletics)
*Marestella Torres Sunang (Athletics)
*Eric Cray (Athletics)
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