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Philippines’ First-Ever Gold Medalist Wins $660,000 and a House

Hidilyn Diaz competes during the Women's 55kg Group A on July 26.

Hidilyn Diaz competes during the Women's 55kg Group A on July 26.

Photographer: Chris Graythen/Getty Images 

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the Philippines, ending the nation’s 97-year drought.

“History. Made,” the Olympics said on its Twitter account after 30-year-old Diaz, a silver medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics, won in the women’s 55-kilogram weightlifting competition in Tokyo on Monday. She lifted an Olympic record 127 kilograms in the clean and jerk event, which sealed her victory, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.