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

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

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
5 years ago

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.

Rajon
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

Nobody in Austin is stunned. We knew this was going to happen since the Longhorn Elite Invite.

Future longhorn
Reply to  Rajon
5 years ago

I was stunned

ice
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

Thank you. you have no idea how he just single handedly ensured a whole country goes crazy. absolutely crazy. This is not just our first swimming medal, it is our first ever gold medal in any sport

BKP
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

Called it last night after seeing how well he swam in the semi. He simply doesn’t fade in the last 20m like most others (except phelps)

Rafael
Reply to  samuel huntington
5 years ago

Did rowdy say he never heard of schooling?

Pvdh
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Rowdy covers NCAAs. So that’s not possible.

anonymoose
5 years ago

lol downvotes? ok hand em over XD

Brute Bradford
5 years ago

That’s the real world record.

Mogwai
Reply to  Brute Bradford
5 years ago

Yeah, he beat Crocker’s 50.40 textile time.

Texan
5 years ago

Nation of Texas salutes one of our own.
Congratulations King Slayer!

A non-e mouse
5 years ago

No one who follows swimming is surprised by Schooling winning

Rajon
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

None of those people will come to this swimming specific sight and read this article. The majority of your audience is not stunned.

Rajon
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

I am glad to hear that. That is great for our sport

samuel huntington
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

that’s good to hear

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

The crowd was stunned when Phelps didn’t win his first heat swim here. It was pretty funny how quiet it got.

Uberfan
5 years ago

Joe the giant slayer

Rajon
5 years ago

Textile record stays with Eddie and the Longhorns! Part of Joe’s visualization routine included singing the National Anthem of Singapore on the podium.

StraightArm
5 years ago

Lol everyone pretending Schooling was their pick to win. Most thought he was a strong chance for a minor medal, not many were predicting Gold and a sub 50.8 swim.
Awesome race by the young man.

Uberfan
Reply to  StraightArm
5 years ago

I agree everyone is acting like obviously schooling was going to get it after getting bronze in Kazan, I threw my hat in as Phelps first Le Clos 2 and Cseh and schooling 3rd

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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