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Filipino weightlifter gets $660K, 2 houses, free flights for gold

Now that’s what you call income for gold!

A weightlifter who won the Philippines its initial Olympic gold medal will leave Tokyo with an more $660,000 in tax-totally free dollars prizes, two residences and a life span of no cost flights.

Hidilyn Diaz, 30, took residence the prime honors in the women’s 55 kilogram elevate at the Tokyo Video games on Monday, lifting the equivalent of 280 pounds, which is a history.

“History. Made,” the Olympics’s formal Twitter account posted on Monday.

Diaz made heritage — and also reportedly strike the jackpot.

Her country’s federal government and some small business homeowners are paying her 33 million pesos ($660,000), according to Bloomberg. Gold winners are assured 10 million pesos from the Philippines Sporting activities Fee but the purse has by no means been paid out – right until now, the outlet stated.

Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the women's 55kg weightlifting event,
Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines celebrates on the podium just after successful the gold medal in the women’s 55kg weightlifting occasion.
AP Image/Luca Bruno

The star weightlifter, who previously gained a silver at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, will get a home in Tagaytay for her gain, United states of america Now reported — and developer Megaworld reported it will give her a apartment in Eastwood valued at 14 million pesos, the business announced.

Diaz will also fly no cost for everyday living with AirAsia, an airline which claims it beforehand gave her 5 a long time of limitless flights when she gained the silver.

“We want all Asean to believe that that they can generally make it take place,” AirAsia spokesperson Steve Dailisan reported in a information release.

Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines competes in the women's 55kg weightlifting event, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines will obtain $660,000, two households and a life time of totally free flights for profitable the gold medal.
AP Photo/Luca Bruno

“Amidst worries and struggles as we go forth with restoration, Hidilyn reminds us that no subject how hefty the pounds we are carrying, inner energy, perseverance, and a coronary heart of gold will assistance us electrical power by means of.”

The Olympian reportedly does not need to get worried about acquiring taxed on the gifts. The country’s tax code says any awards in worldwide sports activities competitions are not taxable to the recipient, noted.

Diaz also obtained accolades from a spokesperson for President Rodrigo Duterte for bringing dwelling the country’s initial gold in 97 decades.

HIDILYN DIAZ of Philippines celebrates after the women's 55kg weightlifting event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Hidilyn Diaz grew to become the Philippines’ very first-ever Olympic gold medal.
© Yang Lei/Xinhua through ZUMA Push

“Congratulations, Hidilyn,” explained spokesperson Harry Roque on Twitter. “The full Filipino nation is very pleased of you. Laban, Pilipinas!”

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