It was the first time Hidilyn Diaz competed in an event with her parents watching in the stands. She admitted the sight of them made her nervous, but it hardly mattered.
Diaz won her first Southeast Asian Games gold medal after topping the 55-kg division on Monday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
She lifted a total of 211kg -- 91kg in the snatch and 120kg in the clean and jerk -- to edge out Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Thuy (197kg) and Indonesia's Juliana Klarisa (175kg).
"It was my first time to have my parents here, but it was fun. I'm glad I was able to perform well. I want to thank God and everyone who prayed for me," Diaz said. "All the preparations and hard work paid off. I want to thank everyone who came here to support me."
Heading into the SEA Games, Diaz was one of the top Filipino athletes who were expected to clinch a gold medal. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist did not disappoint.
"The people were overwhelming. I didn't know how to control the crowd. But I'm grateful that they were there to push me."
Though her total score was far from her Asian foes, Diaz, who was able to successfully lift in five of her six attempts, said she wanted to bring her performance up another notch after Nguyen Thi Thuy lifted 83kg in her first try.
"I got nervous when the Vietnamese lifted 83kg in her first attempt. I lifted 88kg, so I felt pressured. But at the end of the day, I went back to my technique and zeroed in on what my coaches told me, that I can do this," Diaz said.
After conquering the SEA Games for the first time, Diaz can now shift her focus to the Tokyo Olympics.
"I'm close to the Olympics. I want to snatch 100kg, but I need to master more techniques in order to do that. But I know I am capable of doing it."
ESPN5's Lyn Olavario contributed to this report.