Joseph Schooling wins Olympic Gold for Singapore; first ever in 51yrs of independence
13 August 2016 - Joseph Schooling has won Singapore's first ever Olympic Gold Medal in this morning's Men's 100m Butterfly swimming event.
In lane 2, Schooling’s idol Michael Phelps, finished joint second with South Africa's Chad Le Clos and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh in a remarkable three way tie, all touching out in 51.14 seconds, behind Schooling's new Olympic record of 50.39s.
Photo: Sport Singapore
When asked what his victory meant for a small country, Schooling said,'It doesn’t matter where you are from.'
'Some people believe that Singapore has a lot of talent. Sergio (Lopez) believes that and Eddie (Reese) believes that, this is coming from some of the greatest minds in the swimming community.'
'For them to say that and for me to prove that they are right, that is crazy. I hope this opens new doors for sports in our country and hopefully I have set a precedent for a lot more young people to come through,'
Photo: Sport Singapore
'It hasn’t really sunk it yet. I am sorry if I don’t seem like…I’m full of emotions right now. I don’t know what to believe if I actually did it? Or am I still preparing for my race, I am kind of between a lot of things,'
'I need to chill by myself, let things sink in, realise what I have done and then I will have a better understanding of what I have accomplished. But right now, all I can say is that I am really honoured and privileged to have had an opportunity to race in an Olympic final alongside huge names like Michael, Chad and Laszlo, guys that have changed the face of this sport, guys that have won the most number of gold medals and medals in history. Guys that will go down in the history books as the greatest of all time in any sport. I am just honoured and glad to have had that moment, that privilege to race alongside Michael and Chad and all those guys.'
Joseph Schooling will be rewarded with a cool S$1 million for scoring an Olympic Gold under Singapore's Multi-Million Dollar Award Programme for national athletes. This incentive is capped at the first individual Olympic Gold Medal for each athlete. In other words, the golden boy has already hit the limit for cash incentives.
Joseph Schooling leading the competition comfortably, moments before touching the finishing line. Photo: Sport Singapore
Joseph Schooling is a third-generation Singaporean who was born in this little red dot. His father, Colin Schooling, is a Eurasian of British-Portuguese descent while his mother, May Schooling, is a Chinese Malaysian and a Singapore permanent resident.
Mr Tan Howe Liang won Singapore's first ever Olympic Silver Medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome for the lightweight category of weightlifting.
Singapore’s women's table tennis team comprising Li Jiawei, Feng Tianwei and Yang Yuegu fought a series of tough battles against the world’s best table tennis players to win Singapore's second Olympic Silver medal in 48 years in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Fortunately, making a living is not this hard.
May we propose a public holiday for the country?
Joseph Schooling's girlfriend Casey Sho seen in Texas. Her friends think that she is already pregnant. They really swim fast.
Joseph Schooling's father Colin Schooling
Joseph Schooling's mother May Schooling.