Singaporean Olympic swimming champ Joseph Schooling continues to make news for his successive triumphs. Recently, the 21-year-old sporting sensation clocked in at a record-breaking time to win the 100-yard butterfly at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Texas.
A day before, Schooling won the 50-yard freestyle event with a record-breaking time of 18.76 seconds. This is the go-getting lad who stunned the world when he made a new world record by clocking in 50.39 seconds at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games’ Men’s 100m Butterfly Final. It was during that event when Schooling bested old legends, including butterfly rivals Phelps, Le Clos, and Cseh.
Schooling started swimming at the age of four, and by five, he was competing. He grew up with inspiring influences that included swimming champion Michael Phelps and even kept an old photograph of himself as a teen beside Phelps during a meeting in his home country after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Being the first male swimmer in the Southeast Asian region to win an Olympic gold medal, Joe Schooling is undoubtedly the pride of his countrymen. Schooling’s remarkable feat of bringing home Singapore’s first ever Olympic gold medal was a product of hard work, discipline, plus tons of motivation and support from his family.
Joseph Schooling’s victory at the Rio Olympic Games was preceded by many competitions that required not just intense physical training but also a winning mindset. Very instrumental to the young swimmer’s triumphs was the all-out support given by his parents Colin and May Schooling.
Colin and May are known to be the types who did not leave things to chance. They encouraged their son during his adolescent years when he revealed his dream to win an Olympic medal.
Positive Remarks of Another Champ
Phelps’ admiration for Schooling is something not lost on sports media personalities. He has noted the abilities of the new generation of swimmers, notably Schooling. These days, Phelps is able to look back with pride on his beginnings in the Olympic swim events and has stated, “Being able to close the door on the sport the way I wanted to, that’s why I’m happy right now.”
He noted that he has been able to achieve the things that he had dreamt of. He has also expressed that he is proud of Schooling, who has pulled in a fistful of golds in international competitions, including the 2014 Asian Games where he garnered the gold in the 100m butterfly.