The 21-year-old swimmer Joseph Schooling will go down in history as the first ever Singaporean who won a gold medal at the Olympics. Schooling clocked a time of 50.39s in the 100m butterfly category in Rio2016 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Heedged out fellow Olympians Michael Phelps of America, who finished at 51.14s sharing the second place with Chad le Clos of South Africa and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary. Phelps happens to be Schooling’s childhood idol. They first met in Singapore eight years ago and even posed for a photograph. Eight years after, Schooling finally got the chance to compete with his idol Phelps and even winning over, thus denying the latter his 23rd Olympic gold.

Singaporeans rejoiced over his momentous win. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan were in full support that they even went to Rio to cheer Team Singapore, with a warm outpouring and congratulations for Schooling. In a Facebook post, Loong said, “It is an incredible feat to compete among the world’s best, stay focused, and emerge victorious. Congrats once again to Joseph, you made us very proud today.”

Schooling will receive S$1 million for his gold medal as part of a program aimed at encouraging studious Singaporeans to excel in sport. In the same program, he is required to give 20 percent of that amount to the Singapore Swimming Association.

Rio 2016 and the Olympics history

More than 200 member nations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) compete in the 2016 Rio Games.

The battle for Olympic medals took place in 32 venues in Rio de Janeiro, plus five football co-host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Manaus, Salvador and São Paulo. The ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles (the Roman Hercules), a son of Zeus. The first Olympic Games with written records were held in 776 BCE.

At this Olympic Games, a naked runner won the sole event at the Olympics, the stade -- a run of approximately 192 meters (210 yards). This made Coroebus the very first Olympic champion in history.

Tokyo 2020

Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics on September 7, 2013. Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 in the final round of secret voting by the International Olympic Committee.

Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul. Tokyo had hosted the Olympics in 1964.

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