Joseph Schooling Stuns The World; Defeats Phelps To Win 100 Fly Gold


On day 7 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, rising star Joseph Schooling shocked the world in the men’s 100 fly final, winning gold and stopping Michael Phelps from taking four straight titles in the event. Schooling won the race with a huge personal best time of 50.39, breaking the previous Olympic Record of 50.58 done by Michael Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Since Phelps first added the 100 fly to his slate of Olympic events in 2004, no one had ever beaten him. Had he won the race, Phelps would’ve added another 4-peat to his list of accomplishments. Instead, he wound up tied for 2nd place in 51.14 with both Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Laszlo Cseh (HUN). Coming into 2016, Phelps, Cseh, and Le Clos were pegged as favorites to race for the gold medal.

This is Schooling’s 2nd Olympic Games appearance for Singapore, but tonight was the first time he’s ever swum in an Olympic final. Schooling is now the 3rd fastest performer ever, behind only Phelps’ 49.82 and Milorad Cavic‘s 49.96 from the 2009 World Championships in Rome. It was the fastest textile swim in history.

Schooling’s win gave him the largest margin of victory in the men’s 100 fly since Mark Spitz won the race at the 1972 Olympics.

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samuel huntington

I think “stuns the world” is a little bit of hyperbole, at least for swimming enthusiasts. Schooling winning is not that big of a surprise.


Did rowdy say he never heard of schooling?


Rowdy covers NCAAs. So that’s not possible.


lol downvotes? ok hand em over XD

Brute Bradford

That’s the real world record.


Yeah, he beat Crocker’s 50.40 textile time.

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