American swimming fable Michael Phelps won 5 bullion medals during a Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro final summer, and he had a possibility during winning a sixth in a 100-meter moth sprint. It’s an eventuality that Phelps had dominated, winning bullion during any of a 3 before Olympics, though in a final particular competition of his career Phelps famously finished in a three-way tie for second place. And in initial place, station atop a lectern forward of the sport’s elites? None other than Singapore’s Joseph Schooling.
Just 21 years old at a time, Schooling not usually took home bullion though he also set an Olympic record, breaking the benchmark set by Phelps 8 years earlier. Looking back, Schooling says he doesn’t even remember a competition itself: “I kind of blacked out for a integrate mins there. You’re so in a section that we can’t unequivocally remember what happens during a race,” says Schooling.
“I only remember, after that race, all of a emotions,” he adds, “It was a roller-coaster ride.”
Last year’s Olympic win was generally useful since it noted Singapore’s initial ever Olympic award in swimming and a nation’s initial ever Olympic bullion award in any event. It was frequency a initial time he’s done his home republic proud. Schooling won 3 medals during a 2014 Asian Games, including a bullion in a 100-meter butterfly, environment a record time for a event. His bronze award during a World Championships a following year was Singapore’s initial ever, and he combined a second one this past summer.
Schooling now attends a University of Texas, where he majors in economics and trains underneath mythological float manager Eddie Reese, though he hasn’t mislaid steer of where he’s from and only how critical it is: “My whole idea would be to boost a recognition in a sporting stage in Singapore. Bring sports in Singapore to a subsequent level.” And Schooling adds that he eventually hopes his feats in a pool can make waves via his home country. “I consider that after this year, that after Rio, that some-more and some-more people can see a effects of sports and what sports can do to move a republic together,” he says. “If we could do that I’d be happy.”