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Touching stories behind the first Olympics gold medals at Rio

by August 18, 2016 General

Updated 2016-08-18 18:00:29

Rio de Janeiro, a city that makes dreams come true, has seen six countries and regions realize their dream of winning a Olympic gold medal for the first time. With the games reaching the halfway mark, let’s check out some touching stories behind these amazing achievements.

Joseph Schooling of Singapore

Singapore: Stunning Phelps, Joseph Schooling wins 100 meters butterfly

In just one performance, Singapore’s Joseph Schooling beat swimming great Michael Phelps, took home his city state’s first Olympic gold medal and became an instant millionaire.

Schooling, 21, finished the 100 meters butterfly final in an Olympic record time of 50.39 seconds, ahead of his childhood idol Michael Phelps, South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh who all finished in 51.14 seconds for a joint silver.

Known at home for smashing national records and winning multiple titles in regional competitions, Schooling carried the hopes of Singapore, an island nation of less than six million, which has only won two silvers and two bronzes since it joined the Olympic fold in 1948.