Joseph Isaac Schooling is some beast
He didn’t make our 18 hottest SEA Games athletes list just for being hot.
Because he now holds the national record for men’s 50m freestyle.
How Joseph Schooling slayed in men’s 50m freestyle
So last night (8 June) at the SEA Games, this happened.
Aaaanyway, watch the phenomenal swim here:
(Skip to 3:43 for the race, or 1:16 for Schooling’s
super hot and fan girl worthy walk-in and warm up routine.)
What this means: 2 things
1) He beat legend Ang Peng Siong
This was Ang Peng Siong after grabbing gold in the SEA Games 1993 men’s 50m freestyle.
That was only 1 out of the 20 SEA Games gold medals the Great Ang won from 1977 to 1993.
Ang Peng Siong is also the only Singaporean swimmer to ever hold a world record of 22.69s in 50m freestyle.
It was also an undefeated national record for a whopping 33 years.
That is, until last night, after
bae Schooling finished with a time of 22.47s.
2) He’s Singapore’s Michael Phelps in the making
Breaking records at age 19 is no easy feat.
So leave it to Schooling, because he can.
The current olympic record for men’s 50m freestyle is 21.30s, last set in Beijing 2008.
With a time of 22.47s, Schooling is not too far off, giving Singapore high hopes for a fifth Olympic medal.
The previous four were won by weightlifter Tan Howe Liang in 1960 and Team SG table tennis players in 2008 and 2012. None were gold medals.
Who else is really, really stoked for the Rio 2016 Olympics games now?!
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