Following her epic triumph at the Tokyo Olympics, a throwback video of Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz training for the competition using only makeshift equipment is making the rounds on social media.
Taken back in December 2020, the clip shows Hidilyn using a broomstick, a couple of resistance bands, and two gym bags filled with weights as her makeshift barbell to train for the Olympics.
Check it out below:
Hidilyn, 30, made history on Monday, July 26, as the first Filipino to win a gold medal in the Olympics.
She bested eight other athletes, including world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China, in the women's 55kg division in weightlifting at the Tokyo Games.
That marked the second time the Zamboanga-born weightlifter secured an Olympic medal, after her silver finish at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, which ended the Philippines' 20-year drought.
Following her record-breaking victory, several showbiz personalities took to social media to congratulate Hidilyn, including Charo Santos-Concio, Anne Curtis, Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Richard Gomez, Jodi Sta. Maria, and Iza Calzado.
In 2018, Hidilyn also set a record as the first Filipino weightlifter to win gold at the Asian Games.
She also placed first in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Manila, and won a bronze medal in the 2019 World Championships.