He may have made a disappointing debut at the London Olympics, but Joseph Schooling has since emerged as Singapore’s top performing swimmer at this year’s World Championships in Spain.
For the Record
The US-based Bolles School student currently holds Singapore’s long course national records for Men’s 200m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley and 50m, 100m and 200m Butterfly. He also holds the short course records in the 4 X 200m Freestyle Relay and 50m, 100m and 200m Butterfly.
The youngest winner of the Singapore Sportsman of the Year award (2012), Schooling stunned with his haul of two gold, one silver and one bronze medals at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games. The powerful performance also set two games records. This year, he earned himself the second spot in USA Swimming’s all-time top 100 list in the Men’s 17-18 100m Fly.
Previously recognised as the fastest Under-18 Butterfly swimmer in the US, Schooling told The Straits Times that he has put the London Olympics behind him: “I can only become stronger from that and hopefully do better in 2016. Four years is a long time to prepare and I want to take things a step at a time.”