The Filipino nation celebrated yesterday the silver medal win of Zamboangueña weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz even as disappointment resounded later in the evening as lightflyweight boxer Rogen Ladon of Bago City lost his fight against his opponent from Colombia in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Diaz victory in women's 53 kg. category ended the 20-year Olympic medal drought of the Philippines in Olympics, while Ladon's loss was another setback to the country's boxing program.
Celebrating with Diaz and the Team Philippines in Rio was former Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, also former president of the Philippine Weightlifting Association.
In an interview over ABS-CBN, Puentevella said Diaz trained very hard for the Olympics and her story is that of sacrifice and determination.
Diaz came in second behind Hsu Shu-ching of Chinese Taipei with Yoon Jin Hee of South Korea settling for the bronze medal.
“I'm very happy as I aimed for bronze. I didn't think I could get silver,” Diaz told reporters.
Philippines last won in the Olympics, also a silver medal courtesy of Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco in the 1996 Games in Atlanta. The country remains in search of its first Olympic gold medal.
Not as successful as Diaz was fellow weightlifter Nestor Colonia who only managed to clear one attempt in the snatch and dropped all other three in the clean and jerk category to exit the Olympics.
Meanwhile, Ladon's unanimous decision loss to Colombia's Yuberjen Martinez eliminated the Bagoeño in the round of 16.
Ladon was outclassed in the three-round fight with all the three judges scoring the bout in favor of Martinez, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.*NAB
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