The Philippines’ women athletes powered the country’s medal haul at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, winning all 4 gold medals from individual and team sports in weighlifting, golf, and skateboarding.
Team Philippines’ gold medals from the 15-day quadrennial meet were brought in by the following women athletes:
- Hidilyn Diaz, weightlifting women’s 53kg division, the 1st gold from the 18th Asiad
- Yuka Saso, women’s golf event
- Team Philippines combined forces of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, Lois Go, women’s golf team event
- Margielyn Didal, skateboarding women’s street event
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz signaled the start of the female supremacy at the 2018 Asiad when she won the first gold medal for Team Philippines in the Women’s Weightlifting 53 kg. division.
In a video interview with the Philippine Sports Commission after winning her medal, Diaz predicted the gold medal haul by the country’s powerful athletes.
Double Gold medalist 17-year-old golfer Yuka Saso made her historic debut at the Asian Games when she won her individual competition and the team gold with teammates Pagdanganan and Go. She gushes over her “dream come true” and historical performance with her teammates in an exclusive interview with the PSC.
Skateboarder Margielyn Didal revealed in a video interview with the Philippine Sports Commission her confidence in winning the gold for skateboarding which was included as a competitive sport at the Asian Games for the first time at the 18th Asiad. The Asian street skate medalist now looks forward to bringing her game to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 5 women athletes, along with the other Team Philippines medalists will be receiving monetary rewards from the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and the Siklab Sports Foundation.