Joseph Schooling Lowers Own Asian Record In Men’s 50 Fly


100 fly Olympic champion Joseph Schooling lowered his own Asian and Singaporean National Records in the 50 fly during the opening session of the 2017 FINA World Championships.

Facing off against former club teammate and current NCAA rival Caeleb Dressel in the 8th of 9 heats, Schooling clocked in at 23.05 to get under his old mark of 23.25, set at the 2015 Championships in Kazan where he placed 7th. Despite the record, Schooling probably wasn’t thrilled with the fact he was beaten by Dressel (22.97), as well as Ukrainian Andriy Govorov (22.92). The rivalry beaten the two really picked up when Dressel dethroned Schooling in the 100 fly at the NCAA Championships, stealing his NCAA Record in the process. The three of them head into the semi-finals with the top three seeds.

In his first ever World Championship swim, Dressel improved his own best time of 23.05 and became the 2nd American to ever crack the 23-second mark. The 22.97 also makes him the fastest American ever in a textile suit, as American Record holder Bryan Lundquist posted his 22.91 in 2009. Dressel was previously deadlocked with 2013 World Championship silver medalist Eugene Godsoe for 2nd all-time at 23.05.

Schooling and Dressel will swim in opposite semi-finals tonight, so they’ll have to wait until the final to renew acquaintances.

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crooked donald

Good thing Dressel’s not Asian.


All those world record haters in the 100fly and people saying he won’t match his Rio time think this is an indication he’s gonna be ok.
4months off will do him good on power based events.
If he goes 22 tonight or tomoz he has so much more speed than speed than Phelps ever did, its a possibiliy he could go 50.0 now… at this meet.

crooked donald

It’s a 50. Last I checked, in a 100, it’s two laps. Everyone had much more speed than Phelps ever did.


Hahaha I knew you would reply I was waiting for ur rubbish


23.05 is good. It’s better than expected. He may go sub 23 in semis.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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