Asian Games Gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz to receive Php 6 million prize

27-year-old weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is set to receive a large prize money

She is the first to win a gold medal for the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games. She won the women’s 53-kilograms event , by lifting  a total of 207 kilograms ( 92 kilograms in the snatch and 115 kilograms in the clean and jerk ). She beat 11 other women weightlifters, and  Turkeminstan’s Kristina Shermetova (Silver medalist) and Thailand’s Surodchana Khamba (Bronze medalist) were her closest competitors.

Aside from the medal, Hidilyn Diaz will be receiving a total of Php 6 million incentive.

The amount came from different sources as follows:  P2 million from the Philippine Olympic Committee, P2 million from the Philippine Sports Commission through the Republic Act 10699, P1 million from the Siklab Pilipinas Sports Foundation, and another P1 million from Philippine ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Wee.

Well, this Zamboanguena airwoman truly deserves this reward as this is not the first time she has made the Filipinos proud. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, she broke the medal drought for the Philippines when she won silver medal in the women’s 53-kg weight division.

Way back 2006 , she  achieved 10th place at the 2006 Asian Game and took home a bronze medal the following year in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand, both for the 53-kilogram class.

Hidilyn was a student from Universidad de Zamboanga . She is also joined  Philippine Air Force (PAF) through the military arm’s Direct Enlistment Program in 2013 and was was initially assigned to the Air Force Special Service Group.

When asked on how she will spend her prize money?

Siguro, business…Kailangan na matuto sa pag-manage ng pera. Invest.” ,” she said.

She however added that she will share her incentives to her mother , to her coaches, and her church. She also donated her prize from the 2016 Olympic Games to  build a weightlifting gym in her hometown in Zamboanga City.

She memorably used her prize money from the to

 

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