Joseph Schooling smashes 8-year-old freestyle record at US Big 12 championships
Joseph Schooling is a Singaporean swimmer. He is the gold medallist in the 100 m butterfly at the 2016 Olympics, attaining Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold. His winning time of 50.39 seconds is a National, Asian, and Olympic record.
Local swim star Joseph Schooling continues to make waves in the pool, this time smashing the 50-yard freestyle record at the 2017 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
Schooling bettered the previous meet record of 18.84s, set in 2009 by US national team swimmer Jimmy Feigen, with his 18.76s performance on Friday (Feb 24), touching home ahead of fellow University of Texas representatives Jack Conger (19.27s) and Brett Ringgold (19.29s).
The Big 12 is a 10-school collegiate athletic conference based in Texas, a meet where he was named Newcomer of the Year in 2015.
The swimmer made the world sit up and take notice when he fended off the challenge by American great Michael Phelps to become Singapore’s first Olympic champion in the 100m butterfly at last year’s Rio Olympics.
“He beat all the Americans again and it’s not even his best event, it’s freestyle, which usually favours the giants of the sport,” he said at a media roundtable on Friday evening.
“He just knocked off his whole collegiate team … so he’s well on his way to a path that would indicate potential opportunities to win a medal in the freestyle event.
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