Hidilyn Cruz’s journey to Rio Olympic Games 2016

"The biggest achievement for me this year my name was being published in world weightlifting magazine."

BY JOAN LEARY

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8/10/2016 12:01 PM
Hidilyn Cruz’s journey to Rio Olympic Games 2016


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Hidilyn Cruz made Philippine history when she won a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games 2016. 

The last time Philippines won a medal in Olympics was 20 years ago. 

Hidilyn is also the first ever woman from the Philippines to win an Olympic medal in a non-demonstration sport.

But before achieving this, she proved that if ‘there is no pain, there is no gain.” 

Look at her journey to the Olympics.

Her achievements were recognized in her hometown, Zamboanga City



Hidilyn is also a coach to younger weightlifters

She slowly made a name for herself in her own field and so she immortalized these moments

“Biggest achievement for me this year my name was being published in world weightlifting magazine. I framed it to show it to my daughter and son someday. She recently joined in the Philippine National Games,” she wrote.

Her first award in the Philippine Sportswriter Association

“14 years in weightlifting and this is my first time to be awarded by Philippine sportswriter association. It was only a dream back 2009, it may take 7 years for my dream to come true but with God nothing is impossible,” she wrote.

She also has a goofy side

Check out her techniques



Hidilyn also flew to Uzbekistan with her teammates.

She was also part of the Philippine Team in the 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championships



She trained with Coach Ma of Ma Strength, which teaches Chinese Olympic weightlifting techniques



What she did when she got injured

She met President Rodrigo Duterte

Representing the country in Rio



Easy lift

And finally, bagged the Silver medal