The 30-year-old athlete's victory garnered praise from millions of fans and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who said in a statement, "The Palace congratulates, Hidilyn Diaz for bringing pride and glory to the Philippines for winning the country's first-ever Olympic Gold medal. Congratulations, Hidilyn. The entire Filipino nation is proud of you." Plus, to celebrate the big win, Duterte is rewarding Diaz with three million pesos ($42,000) and a brand-new home.
But now that the champion is making so many headlines, we're curious to know a bit more about her background. How did she get her start? And what's next for the history-making athlete? Keep reading for more details on Hidilyn Diaz.