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Singapore's Olympic hero Joseph Schooling will be returning home with the country's first ever gold medal on Monday morning (Aug 15).
— SNOC (@sgolympics) August 13, 2016
The 21-year-old made history after smashing the current Olympic record and clocked a swim time of 50.39 at the Men's 100m Butterfly. He also beat the legendary Michael Phelps, who has won 22 Olympic gold medals at time of reporting.
Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin teased that he is on the same flight as Schooling, posting a Facebook status that he 'brought something special' home.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also called the 21-year-old Olympic champion to congratulate him.
According to PM Lee's Facebook post, Joseph Schooling also told him that he was returning on Monday morning.
Here's Schooling on board the flight SQ 67:
Speaking to ST aboard the flight, Schooling said, "Just want to be home, eat chye tow kway (fried carrot cake)."
The pilot of the flight announced to passengers that Schooling and his mother May are on board and congratulated the Olympic champion on his gold medal win.