Major congrats are in order for Hidilyn Diaz, the weightlifter who made history at this year's Tokyo Olympics as the first Filipino to ever win an Olympic gold medal.
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.