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Asia’s sprint queen Lydia de Vega passes away

Asia’s former sprint queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado passed away after undergoing a four-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

Lydia was considered the fastest woman in Asia in the 80s, after having won the 100-meter dash nine times in the SEA Games, four times in the Asian championship, and twice in the Asian Games.

Lydia also participated in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Lydia’s daughter Steph said in a Facebook post. “She fought the very good fight and is now at peace.”

“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 Center.

She fought the very good fight and is now at peace.

Wake details will be announced very soon but for now, I would wholeheartedly appreciate your prayers for the soul of my mother 🙏

Maraming salamat po!”

(Photo source: Facebook – @Steph Mercado de Koenigswarter)

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