RIO DE JANEIRO — Upon her triumphant return to the Athletes’ Village, one of the first things Hidilyn Diaz did was to have her celebratory meal.
And she went with none other than a Filipino food staple.
The newest Filipino sports hero relished a chicken and pork adobo meal hours after her silver-medal winning performance here where she ended the 20-year medal drought of the Philippines in the Olympics.
“Ang sarap!” was Diaz’s emphatic answer when asked about the adobo meal, which was sent to the delegation courtesy of the Philippine ambassador to Brazil.
Diaz said the taste of adobo was priceless compared to the food served in the dining hall during her more than a week's stay in the Athletes Village.
“Walang kuwenta pagkain sa dining hall. Ngayon ko lang nalasahan na walang lasa,” Diaz said, referring to the food at the Athletes Village.
Diaz said she has been limiting her food intake for her competition. But she finally gave in after winning the silver medal.
“Ngayon, tumodo na ako. Ang sarap ng adobo. Matagal akong hindi nag-adobo,” said Diaz.
Diaz lifted a total of 200 kilograms to finish second behind gold medalist Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei in the women's 53 kg. class, ending a medal dry spell that dates back to boxer Mansueto 'Onyok' Velasco's silver in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.