Iconic sprinter Lydia de Vega passes away

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Manila: Iconic sprinter Lydia de Vega passed away on Thursday. She was 57.

Regarded as one of the greatest sprinters from Asia, the Philippine native was suffering from breast cancer for the last four years.

“On behalf of our family, it is with absolute grief that I announce the death of my mother, Lydia De Vega this evening, August 10, 2022, at the Makati Medical Centre," his daughter Steph Mercado wrote on Facebook.

She bagged a 100-meter gold medal in the 1982 and 1986 Asian games and the Asian Athletics Championship. For eight years, she was the fastest woman in Asia. 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 clocked 11.53 seconds.

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