Following his gold medal performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Joseph Schooling has been awarded free flights for life by AirAsia. The airline has offered a lifetime supply of free flights to all Rio Olympic gold medalists from Asia.
AirAsia has also awarded the ASEAN (Southeast Asian) silver and bronze medalists from the Games, giving them free flights for 5 years if they won silver and 3 years if they won bronze. By awarding the ASEAN medal winners, the airline hopes to encourage other athletes to follow in their footsteps.
In Rio, Schooling became the first ever Singaporean athlete to win a gold medal in any sport at an Olympics. He raced to a 50.39 in the 100 meter fly, beating out butterfly powerhouses Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos, and Laszlo Cseh, who all tied for silver behind him. Schooling’s time was the fastest textile swim in history.
In addition to his gold medal and free flights, Schooling’s swim also earned him the biggest gold medal bonus in the world. Singapore is one of many countries that gave their athletes a financial bonus for winning Olympic medals, offering $753,000 dollars to any athlete who won gold.