It was the first time ...(past simple or past perfect)

Hi,

In some references like "Practical English usage", we find "the past perfect"  not {the past simple} used in with such expressions:

It was the first , the second ...etc + a subject + had,P.P. However I've found this sentence in our text book:  It was the first time that Egypt WON three bronze medals since 2004.

Is it a correct sentence?! 

Is there any reference that mentions it?!it was

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