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Filipino weightlifter broke down and said she planned to 'eat a lot' after winning her country's first Olympic gold medal

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  • Hidilyn Diaz won the 55-kilogram weightlifting event, earning the Philippines' first Olympic gold.

  • Afterward, Diaz said she planned to "eat a lot" after years of training.

  • Diaz has been training in Malaysia and hasn't seen her family in two years because of COVID-19.

  • Check out our Tokyo 2020 Olympics page for more coverage.

A big celebration was in order for Hidilyn Diaz after she won the Philippines' first gold medal at any Olympics.

Diaz won the women's 55-kilogram weightlifting event at the Tokyo Olympics, setting an Olympic record with a clean and jerk of 124 kg and then lifting 127 kg.

Upon dropping the weight, Diaz immediately broke down into tears as she won gold.

Hidilyn Diaz cries after winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Diaz told reporters she planned to "eat a lot" and enjoy the company of her team.

"Yes, I will eat a lot tonight," Diaz said, according to Yahoo's Daniel Hicks.

"I mean, I've been sacrificing my food, and this is the time to celebrate together with the people who are behind me. So I'm really thankful I can eat now, yes."

She reportedly planned to have cheesecake and bubble tea.

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Diaz won silver at the Rio Olympics, ending a 20-year medal drought for the Philippines. She then focused on gold with ambitious training, according to Hicks.

After hiring new coaches, Diaz moved to Malaysia to train. Shortly after moving, however, COVID-19 restrictions went into effect, and she has not seen her family since 2019.

According to Hicks, without access to gyms and some equipment, "Team HD," as Diaz calls it, was stuck in an apartment in Malaysia, lifting weights with extra caution to avoid cracking the apartment's tile floors.

In her spare time, she raised money online to distribute food to families in the Philippines during the lockdowns.

On Monday, Diaz once again grew emotional as the Philippines' national anthem was played for the first time.

Hidilyn Diaz celebrates during the Tokyo Olympics.
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Diaz was also in the Philippine Air Force. She saluted during the medal ceremony.

Hidilyn Diaz salutes during the Tokyo Olympics medal ceremony.
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"I'm really thankful I can go home now and celebrate with my family and the people who support me," Diaz told reporters.

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