Great Britain's gold medallists may be happy with a
stamp and a golden postbox,
but it doesn't quite match up to Trinidad and Tobago's offering.
threw 84.58m in the men's javelin
to win his nation their first Olympic gold in field events.
His reward came in the shape of £100,000, around 20,000 square feet of land and a lighthouse named after him.
Walcott will also have his name adorn a Caribbean Airlines plane, as well as a luxury home after his Olympic success.
Swimming against the tide
Trinidad and Tobago have only ever won two Olympic gold medals, and 18 medals in total.
Most of those belong to athletics, although there's three weightlifting medals and a solitary swimming bronze -
in 2004 in the men's 200m individual medley.
The 19-year-old, from the tiny farming village of Toco, became the first non-European to win the men's javelin since American Cy Young in 1952.
He returned home on Monday to Trinidad's Piarco International Airport, where thousands dressed in the national colours of red, black and white greeted him.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had declared Monday a national holiday after the victory - only the second Olympic gold in Trinidad and Tobago's history following Hasley Crawford's victory in the men's 100m at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
Walcott, who is the reigning world junior champion, said: "I was proud to carry the flag of Trinidad and Tobago. Thanks to everyone for all the support and thanks to Mum and Dad, my brothers and sister."