'She fought a good fight’: Marcos, sports community mourn Lydia De Vega

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11)— Tributes poured in on social media overnight as offiicials and the sports community mourned the death of athletics legend Lydia De Vega.

In a statement on Thursday, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. extended his condolences to the family of De Vega, who died the day before after a bout with cancer.

Marcos hailed the accomplishments of the sprint queen and urged Filipinos to “pray for her peace.”

“Lydia de Vega has run her last race. She has finished her contest. She has fought a good fight,” the chief executive said.

Other government officials — including lawmakers from the Senate and House of Representatives — also delivered their own tributes.

The Far Eastern University (FEU) likewise remembered the legacy of its alumna and sports hall of famer.

“A beloved and highly-respected figure especially in the track and field circle, her legacy will remain an inspiration to all FEU athletes onwards,” the university said.

Former senator and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao also paid tribute to De Vega, whom he called an “inspiration” for his career as an athlete.

“You competed in pursuit of your own personal excellence so that the world can know our country, our Philippines. And you succeeded, as more and more Asians became aware of our country,” Pacquiao said.

Meanwhile, PT Usha – dubbed as one of India's greatest athletes and a former rival of De Vega – said she was saddened by the demise of her “fierce competitor and good friend.”

“She lost her life race to breast cancer but will always be remembered as a champion of life. My deepest condolences to her family!” Usha wrote on social media.

Last month, De Vega’s family announced that the former Olympian was in a “very critical” condition due to complications caused by breast cancer. Details of De Vega’s wake have yet to be announced.