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SWEET SILVER. Gold medal winner Hsu Shu-Ching of Taiwan, center, stands with silver medal winner Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines, left, and bronze medal winner Yoon Jin-hee of South Korea, right, after the women’s 53-kilogram weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

From The Asian Reporter, V26, #16 (August 15, 2016), page 8.

Hidilyn Diaz’s weightlifting silver ends Philippines’ Olympic medal drought

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Philippines is celebrating the silver medal won by weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz at the Rio Olympics — a happy break to the Southeast Asian nation’s 20-year medal drought.

Diaz competed in the women’s 53-kilogram weightlifting competition.

President Rodrigo Duterte sent his congratulations to Diaz, an Air Force soldier, saying she brought honor to the country. Vice president Leni Robredo said Diaz serves as an inspiration to every Filipino and a reminder that no challenge is too heavy for a Filipino woman to overcome.

The three-time Olympian’s medal is the Philippines’ first since boxer Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco won silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

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