Perhaps there’s no other Filipino sports woman who put us into the map than
Lydia de Vega. Known as the Sprint Queen, she was the fastest-running woman all
Lydia de Vegas was born on December 12, 1964, in Meycauyan, Bulacan. As a child,
she never had an inclination towards sports, particularly track and field, not
until she joined one of the competitions in her school when he was 12. At that
time, she was never truly confident of her skill, though she had the persistence
to definitely give her best shot.
Later on, in 1982, she was one of the participants for the Asian Games, where
she eventually bagged the gold medal award for the 100-meter dash, which was
held in New Delhi, India. By 1986, she was already receiving gold medals left
and right in Seoul, South Korea, including beating her own record to 11.53 seconds.
She also brought a silver medal for the 200-meter dash. So famous was she that
a movie directed by an acclaimed director Mauro Gia Samonte was produced, with
her in the starring role. It was entitled Medalyang Ginto. In 1994, she decided
to retire from running and concentrate on other things, such as politics.