National swimmer Joseph Schooling posted a confidence-boosting performance with two months to go before the Olympic Games, winning the men’s 100m butterfly event at the Longhorns Elite Invite meet in Austin, Texas, on Saturday morning (Friday evening US time).
This result comes ahead of the Rio Olympics in August, where 20-year-old Schooling is aiming to win Singapore’s first Olympic swimming medal. Michael Phelps edged Jack Conger to win the 100-meter freestyle Friday, but was beaten by Singapore’s Joseph Schooling in the 100 butterfly at the Longhorn Elite Invitational in Austin, Texas.
The 20-year-old, one of Singapore’s biggest Olympic hopes for the Aug 5-21 Rio de Janeiro Games, clocked 51.58 seconds to finish ahead of Michael Phelps (51.65sec). American and Schooling’s University of Texas team-mate Jack Conger was third with 51.72sec.
Phelps holds the world record during this event (49.82sec), clocked in 2009 within the era of the supersuits that square measure currently prohibited. The american was swimming his second final of the night, having already finished 1st within the convenience 100m race with a 49.49sec effort. Schooling had qualified third quickest for his pet event.
Rio Olympics Men’s 100m Butterfly Final Results:-
Joseph Isaac Schooling did:-50:39
Michael Phelps did:-51:14
Laszlo Cseh did:-51:14
Chad le clos did:-51:14
See The 100m Butterfly full video:-
See Joseph Schooling Interview after his 100m fly final:-
“I am very happy with my performance today. A few weeks ago I did a 51.86 and I managed to shave it to 51.58. Coach Eddie and I have worked out a plan which leads all the way to the Olympics and with this result, it shows that I am on the right track.
This win is extremely significant for me, because I managed to beat my idol, Michael Phelps. This sets a great precedent for the Olympic Games and I am really looking forward to a showdown in Rio.”:- Joseph Said.
Schooling will be competing in the 200m butterfly on Sunday.