President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has conveyed his sympathy over the death of Filipino sports icon Lydia de Vega. He enjoins the nation to pray for her peace.
“I join the entire nation in mourning the untimely demise of former Asian sprint queen Lydia de Vega, after a four-year battle with breast cancer. My sincerest condolences to her family and loved ones,” Marcos said in a statement.
“Lydia de Vega has run her last race. She has finished her contest. She has fought a good fight. Let us pray for her peace,” the President added.
De Vega passed away at the age of 57.
As he condoled with the former Asian sprint queen’s family, the President remembered De Vega’s achievements as among the country’s most celebrated national athletes.
De Vega was once touted as the fastest woman in Asia and she placed the Philippines in the map of international athletics. She won the 100-meter dash gold medal in the 1982 and 1986 Asian Games.
She ruled the sprint double in the Asian Athletics Championship in 1983 and 1987. She is also a nine-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist in her favorite event, the 100-meter dash.
De Vega was also a two-time Olympian, having represented the Philippines in the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympics.