Hidilyn Diaz qualifies for Tokyo Olympics at Asian Weightlifting Championships

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 19, 2021   •   2787

Hidilyn Diaz has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in summer 2021 at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

During her second attempt, Diaz managed to lift 90 kg which was enough for her to secure a spot in the Olympics. She completed the five-tournament stint which is a requirement of the International Weightlifting Federation for an athlete to qualify in the Olympics.

Diaz secured 4th place with a 94kg snatch and a 118kg clean and jerk.

Filipino athletes who will also compete in Tokyo include pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena; boxers Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno; and gymnast Carlos Yulo.

Diaz won a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She became the first Filipina woman to win an Olympic medal in Rio. AAC

 

Olympic medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Eumir Marcial receive awards from AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino Olympians Hidilyn Diaz and Eumir Marcial, who both serve as soldier-athletes, were conferred military awards on Wednesday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

In a ceremony at the AFP General Headquarters, Staff Sergeant Diaz received the Outstanding Achievement Medal with Second Bronze Anahaw Leaf for her gold-medal performance in the women’s 55kg category in weightlifting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Diaz also received a plaque of recognition, the Philippine Flag and a simple token from the military leadership.

“What SSgt. Diaz has done was to bring hope and inspiration to millions of our fellow Filipinos, who up until this day continue to battle against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria, the AFP vice chief of staff.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Marcial was awarded the Chief of Staff, AFP Commendation Medal and Ribbon for his bronze-medal performance in the men’s boxing middleweight division.

The AFP also acknowledged other Olympians who also brought great honor to the country; Nesty Petecio and Carlo Paalam who both delivered silver medals in boxing.

As of July 2021, there are a total of 128 military athletes and coaches who compete in various sport events, of which, 23 are from the Philippine Army, 64 from the Philippine Air Force and 41 from the Philippine Navy.

Filipino Olympic medalists receive incentives from PH gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   August 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino athletes who brought home four-medal haul from the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics have received incentives from the government on Monday.

In a ceremony at Malacañan Palace , President Rodrigo Duterte gave the athletes their incentives as he congratulated them again for bringing pride to the country and uplifting the spirit of Filipinos amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Your hard work, dedication and sportsmanship, even amidst the challenges in your training and competitions prior to the Olympics, are truly inspiring,” Duterte told the Olympians during the event.

“I am confident that you will get better and stronger in securing more victories in the future. Your success will continue to motivate many aspiring athletes and our Filipino youth to channel their energies into sports and other productive activities, keeping them away from the harmful vices,” he added.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the country’s first-ever gold medalist, received P15 million from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., a housing unit from the National Housing Authority (NHA) and P3 million from the Office of the President.

She was also conferred the Presidential Medal of Merit.

Boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, who both clinched silver medals, each received P5 million from the PSC, housing unit from NHA and P2 million from the Office of the President.

Bronze medalist Eumir Marcial got P2 million from the PSC, a housing unit from NHA and P1 million from the Office of the President

The Filipino boxers were also conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kamagi. The Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to persons in government or private sector who have rendered extraordinary service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.

Other athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics will receive P200,000 and Presidential citations.

Boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco, who copped the Philippines’ first silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, also received P500,000 from the Office of the President during the event.

Velasco was given incentive after he revealed that he has yet to get the P2.5 million pledged by some lawmakers when he brought home the medal in 1996.

Duterte assured that the government remains committed to providing full support to Filipino athletes, as he urged the PSC, Philippine Olympic Committee and other sports bodies to continue providing much-needed assistance to keep the country’s athletes at the elite level and attain greatness.

“The strength and excellence of our athletes in the international sports arena demonstrate the Filipino spirit of resilience and determination to succeed,” he said.

“Our Tokyo 2020 medalists and Olympians truly embody our greatness as a people and as a nation,” he added.

Duterte to give additional cash rewards to PH Olympians

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to grant additional cash incentives to Filipino athletes who successfully clinched medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Duterte made the announcement during the virtual courtesy call of the Philippine Boxing team shortly after their arrival from Japan on Monday.

The Philippine boxing team is composed of Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno. The Filipino boxers brought home three medals in different weight divisions.

Paalam and Petecio both finished with silver medals at the men’s flyweight and women’s featherweight divisions, respectively, while Marcial secured the bronze medal in the men’s middleweight division.

Duterte said Paalam and Petecio will both receive additional P2 million from the Office of the President. Marcial will receive an additional P1 million while Magno will get P200,000.

The cash incentives from the Office of the President will be on top of the P5 million government reward for silver medalist and P2 million for bronze medalist as provided by the law.

“It is not an everyday occurrence that we receive such an honor from our citizens of the Republic of the Philippines,” the president said.

“You went to Tokyo to fight and I, well, say that you did your best and the Filipino people appreciates it, especially bringing honor to the country. You all won in that,” he added.

All other Filipino athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics will receive P200,000 each from the Office of the President, he added.

The Olympic medalists will also be conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu and all those who competed in the Games will be given Presidential citations.

“That is [an] honor given by the Republic of the Philippines to those who have excelled in something and brought honor to the country,” Duterte said.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is so far the most successful campaign for the Philippines, garnering the most number of medals since participating in the Games.

Aside from the medals brought by the Filipino boxers, Hidilyn Diaz produced the country’s first-ever gold in the women’s 55-kilogram weightlifting category.

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