SINGAPORE - To commemorate national swimmer Joseph Schooling's historic Olympic win on Saturday (Aug 13), The Straits Times has included a two-page set of posters in its Aug 15 sports section.
Schooling, 21, became Singapore's first Olympic gold medallist in Rio de Janeiro when he finished the 100m men's butterfly in a new Olympic record time of 50.39 sec. He landed at Changi Airport on Monday (Aug 15) morning to a sea of fans and supporters.
One of the posters features an underwater shot of Schooling in the pool during his winning swim.
The other is a photograph of him on the podium with his arms raised in triumph as the three joint silver medallists - Hungarian László Cseh, South African Chad le Clos, and Schooling's childhood idol, Michael Phelps of the United States - applauded.
"What Joseph Schooling did will be remembered not just years from now, but decades, far beyond this generation," said Straits Times sports editor Marc Lim on the decision to print the posters.
"As Singapore's first Olympic gold medallist, we felt it was only right to honour him and his feat with this set of posters. It also serves as a keepsake for our readers to remind them of the day a Singaporean ruled the world."