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Lydia de Vega

Olympic athlete from Philippines

Lydia de Vega-Mercado (born December 12, 1964) is a former athlete from the Philippines, was considered Asia's fastest woman in the 1980s. As Asia's sprint queen, she ran away with the gold medal in the 100-meter dash in the 1982 New Delhi Asiad and duplicated the feat in the 1986 Seoul Asiad where she was clocked 11.53 seconds. She also brought home a silver medal in the 200-meter race from the 1986 Seoul Asiad. De Vega-Mercado also won the gold in the 100 meters at the Southeast Asian Games (1987, 1991 and 1993). She has twice won both the 100 and 200 meter golds in the Asian Athletics Championships - 1983 and 1987. She holds the Philippine record with her personal best of 11.28 seconds. Diay, as she is fondly called by her countrymen was a two-time Olympian, having carried the country's colors in the 1984 (Los Angeles) and 1988 (Seoul) Olympics. De Vega now serves as a councilor of her native Meycauayan town in Bulacan province. Currently, she is coaching schools and private athletes in Singapore  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1964-12-12
Nationality
Philippines

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