Joseph Schooling Sets 100 Free Singaporean Record in Rio Prelims


On day 4 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Singapore’s Joseph Schooling sprinted his way to a new Singaporean National Record in the men’s 100 free prelims. He hit the wall in 48.27 to lower his previous record of 48.58, which he set at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

Schooling, who has established his training base at the University of Texas under head coach Eddie Reese, is swimming in his 2nd Olympics this summer. However, this is his first time swimming freestyle on the Olympic stage. Coming into Rio, there was the question of whether or not Schooling would swim this race, but he ended up dropping the 200 fly in favor of the 100 free.

Schooling’s Splits Comparison:

Rio 2016 23.12 25.15 48.27
2015 SEA Games 23.03 25.55 48.58

This week in Rio, Schooling will look to become Singapore’s first ever swimming medalist at an Olympic Games. His biggest chance comes in the men’s 100 fly, where he’s the 4th seed with his 50.96 from last summer’s World Championships. After his swim this morning, however, he looks like he could be making his first Olympic final in the 100 free.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

6 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
7 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

Those underwaters were insane, excellent start and turn. Looking good for the 100 fly!


This is good, I can see him medaling in the 100 fly… It wouldnt be crazy if he wins Gold.


He might well beat the USA in the 100 fly. Especially with Eddie coaching him! Eddie is the greatest coach of all time in swimming. If Schooling wins, I hope he will treat all of the Longhorn team to a steak dinner in Austin! I am certain he will be able to afford it with the prize money he will earn from Team SingaBIGBUCKS. Will the 1,000,000 prize he secures from Singapore be taxable income?


Schooling – Singapore/UT male version of Lily King (never any lack of confidence!). Will be tough in the 100 fly.

About Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. She got her M.S. in Criminology from Florida State and seems exceptionally confused about which team she should cheer for during the college football season. Lauren is currently a coach at Loggerhead Aquatics …

Read More »

Don't want to miss anything?

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our latest updates!