Singapore's First Olympic Champion, Joseph Schooling

8/15/2016 09:16:00 AM

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Joseph Schooling, 21, beat his idol Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly event at Rio 2016 on Saturday 13 August 2016. In tandem, he also won Singapore's first-ever Olympic gold medal! Prior to this, he was just another Singaporean schoolboy like others. It was back in 2008 when he first met his hero, the Olympic gold medalist at a training camp when the US Olympic swim team visited Singapore and asked for a photo with him. Who would ever thought that eight years later he managed to beat Phelps, along with Chad le Clos, and Laszlo Cseh, not to mention secure a gold medal for his country. In addition, the Asian champion also set a new Olympic record of 50.39 seconds at the 100-meter butterfly event.

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Hail from Singapore, Schooling moved to the US for an extensive training at a young age of 14 and went to Colles School in Jacksonville in Florida. After that, he further his studies at the University of Texas where he also met his girlfriend Casey Shomaker, who is also a student from the same university. According to Schooling, "It feels great, it kinds of feels surreal right now, it's crazy... I really can't describe how this moment feels. All the adrenaline is running through my veins right now. It's a dream come true...I'm really honoured and privileged to swim alongside some of these great names, people who changed the face of our sport... I can't really tell you how grateful I am to have this change to swim in an Olympic final and to represent our country."

Congratulations Joseph Schooling! Hats off to you! What do you think of Schooling's success in 2016 Olympic? Let me know in the comments below. Till then, au revoir!

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