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Lydia De Vega’s Cancer Brings a Tragic End for The Sports Icon

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Regretful to inform you that Asia’s fastest woman passed away on August 9, 2022. Lydia De Vega’s cancer turned out to be her cause of death. She was battling her cancer for a while.

Please keep her family and friends in your prayer.

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Born on December 26, 1964, the legendary icon was considered Asia’s fastest woman in the 1980s. In 1979, De Vega was a part of the Gintong Alay Track & Field program.

Her first coach was her father Tatang De Vega and Claro Pellosis. Santos Magno & Anthony Benson were her coaches in the period 1980 to 1984.

Lydia De Vega's cancer is under blame for her death.

The 1981 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is known to be her first great impact which was held in Manila with gold medal performances in the 200 and 400-meter events exceeding records set at the Asian Games.

She ran away with the gold medal in the 100-meter dash in the 1982 New Delhi Asiad as Asia’s sprint queen. Where she clocked 11.53 seconds, the sports icon duplicated the feat in the 1986 Seoul Asiad.

At the SEA Games (1987, 1991, and 1993), De Vega earned the gold in the 100 meters, besides topping the 200-meter event in 1981, 1983, 1987, and 1993.

She won both the 100 and 200-meter golds in the Asian Athletics Championships in 1983 and 1987. The legend placed second in the 400-meter run and also bagged the bronze medal in the 200 meters as a 16-year-old in the 1981 edition.

The two-time Olympian represented the Philippines at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics. From the 1986 Seoul Asiad, she successfully brought home a silver medal in the 200-meter race.

Also, she once represented a friend for the Long Jumps and broke her record.

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Lydia De Vega’s Cancer is Under Blame for Her Death

Lydia De Vega’s cancer was found to be stage 4 breast cancer back in 2018. Stephanie, her beloved daughter, shared that she underwent brain surgery in July 2022. It was told that she was in critical condition due to the disease.

The beloved sports icon was married to Paul Mercado, who was a former engineer at Meralco and an entrepreneur engaged in the fish pond business. The pair are blessed with three children including Stephanie (Paneng) who is a former collegiate volleyball player of the DLSU Lady Spikers.

Unfortunately, she lost her four-year-old son John Michael as he died in a car accident in February 2001. May he rest in peace.

The legend took a break from athletics from 1989 until 1991. She got a degree and got married during this period. She made a decent finish of seventh place after entering the 1991 Asian Athletics Championships.

After competing at the track as well as field event of the 1994 Manila-Fujian Games held in October, the sprinter retired. Noted, she won the 100m event. Lydia informed her fans that she would not be contesting in the upcoming edition of the Philippine National Games at that point.

Inquirer announced: “REST IN PEACE. Sprint queen Lydia de Vega, once regarded as Asia’s fastest woman, has passed away after her bout with breast cancer. She was 57.”

It was added later that her daughter, who is known to be a volleyball player Stephanie Mercado, broke the news of her mother’s passing in a Facebook post. “She fought the very good fight and is now at peace,” she expressed.

May she rest easy in grace and love.

One tweeted: “Heartbreaking news for Philippine sports. The country’s 1980s sprint queen, Lydia De Vega has passed away after a four-year bout with breast cancer. Rest in power ms. Lydia! 🙏🏻♥️”

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