Joseph Schooling gets inked after Olympic swimming gold

Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling of Singapore shows off a fresh tattoo depicting the Olympic logo at the OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore, 16 August 2016 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Joseph Schooling won Singapore's first ever gold medal in the 100m butterfly

Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling has in recent days been mobbed by jubilant fans, been offered a standing ovation in Parliament and generally treated as a national hero after winning the country's first Olympic gold medal in Rio.

Now, he's decided to mark his historic win in the 100m butterfly in a more permanent fashion - ink.

The 21-year-old swimmer showed off a new tattoo of the Olympic rings on his right bicep at a press conference, with a video of him getting it posted online by the Singapore Swimming Association.

Schooling posted on Facebook and Instagram that he had "finally earned that tattoo".

Singaporean fans mostly agreed, with many posting approving comments.

Some, however, questioned the artwork. Mauri Tien said a "smaller, subtler one would have been nicer", while Lim SJ warned Schooling would not be able to "touch water" for two weeks.

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Image caption Schooling might have to take a break from the pool after getting a new tattoo

But Schooling is far from unique in choosing to spill blood to commemorate an Olympics feat.

British diver Tom Daley did the same days after winning a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

US swimmer Michael Phelps, whom Schooling idolised as a teenager and defeated to take his Rio gold, also sports the rings, though in a less prominent location - on his right hip.

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Image caption Tom Daley won a bronze medal in London, and got a tattoo days later
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Image caption Michael Phelps chose a less prominent place for his Olympics rings tattoo

Olympics-related tattoos seem to be especially popular among swimmers, though athletes from archery to gymnastics to judo have also been spotted in Rio bearing ink.

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Image caption American archer Brady Ellison has tattoos commemorating the Beijing and London Olympic games on his right forearm
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Image caption Fellow archer Christine Bjerendal of Sweden also sports an Olympics tattoo
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Image caption Turkish judoka Busra Katipoglu has a tattoo commemorating the Rio games, despite not coming away with a medal
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Image caption Two-time Olympian Samuel Mikulak is clearly very proud to represent his country...
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Image caption is French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, who won silver in Rio and gold in London
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Image caption American Michelle Carter might sport a small tattoo but she won big in Rio with a gold in the women's shot put

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