Olympic Champion Schooling Leads Singaporean Squad For Tokyo

The Singaporean swimming squad for this month’s Olympic Games is set, as a quartet of athletes are bound for Tokyo, Japan.

Joseph Schooling leads the pack, with the 26-year-old former Texas Longhorn swimmer entering this year’s Games as the defending Olympic champion in the men’s 100m fly.

In Rio 5 years ago, Schooling famously beat out a field of heavy hitters in the form of American Michael Phelps, South African Chad Le Clos and Hungarian Laszlo Cseh en route to becoming the first-ever gold medalist from his nation. The trio of titans all tied for silver behind Schooling.

He’ll be joined in Tokyo by siblings Quah Zheng Wen and Quah Ting Wen, the latter of which was just named today via the FINA universality rule. She’ll be racing in the 50m and 100m freestyle events while her brother is set to compete in the 100m back and 100m fly.

We reported how Chantal Liew will race as Singapore’s first-ever open water swimmer at an Olympic Games.

Singapore was medal-less at the 2019 FINA World Championships, with the nation’s highest individual placement in swimming coming from Schooling having finished 20th in the non-Olympic 50m fly.

Since the 2016 Olympic Games, Schooling’s best 100m fly time came in the form of the 51.94 he produced for gold at the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

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Youngstowner
5 months ago

I know he’s pretty unpopular but I would love to see him really show up and push Dressel. The storyline would at least be great from two club teammates who have been rivals since high school. A guy can hope

Pvdh
Reply to  Youngstowner
5 months ago

Only way he could push Dressel is he walked up behind him and shoved him off the blocks

Cate
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

1000 up votes

Cate
Reply to  Youngstowner
5 months ago

I don’t think he’s unpopular. I think people are disappointed that after Rio, he seemed to rest on his laurels.

PsychoDad
Reply to  Cate
5 months ago

Umm, no. People hate him because he beat Michael Phelps. And he is not an American. And he is half Asian. So, some of them hate him for beating Phelps, but some of them are plain racist. So…

Beverly Drangus
Reply to  PsychoDad
4 months ago

Well you picked the right user name

PKDDS
Reply to  Cate
5 months ago

After winning Rio and earning Singapore a gold medal, he became quite a celeb unlike other countries especially with swimming. He got tons of brand endorsements and Singapore gave him a huge amount of money for winning. Wine and dined by people and yes he had it better then most swimming giants in other countries. I think this is what people are talking about when they say he is not liked. You go to the states to train and become what you are and just be humble and know where you started and give back to the sport. Lets hope he gets out of the prelims.

HJones
Reply to  Youngstowner
5 months ago

Theres a better chance the other Bolles teammate, Santo, makes the final than Schooling.

25Backstroke
Reply to  HJones
4 months ago

Stop sleeping on Mr. International

Landen
Reply to  25Backstroke
4 months ago

Santo Gold Medal 2024 in the 200 free with the worlds first 46 second 57 second split.

Last edited 4 months ago by Landen
25Backstroke
5 months ago

Idk where this time of 51.94 as his PB since Rio came from, he went 50.96 at Austin Sectionals in 2017, 50.78 at 2017 World Champs, and 51.04 at 2018 Asian Games

Markster
Reply to  25Backstroke
5 months ago

Doesn’t matter. Anything under 52 is not indicative of his current physical condition.

swimfan210_
Reply to  25Backstroke
5 months ago

51.94 is his fastest within the qualifying period

Shane Potsdam
Reply to  25Backstroke
4 months ago

December 2019 at the Southeast Asian Games

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
5 months ago

Zheng Quah is going to beat Schooling in the 100 fly

Eric the eel > Phelps
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
5 months ago

Torri Huske is going to beat Schooling in the 100 fly

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
5 months ago

Lol

Cate
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
5 months ago

1000 up votes.

Teddy
5 months ago

Schooling first man under 49 in the 100 fly

You heard it here first

Attis76
Reply to  Teddy
5 months ago

Probably heard it here last too.

Eric the eel > Phelps
Reply to  Teddy
5 months ago

you forgot to add **in practice**

Teddy
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
5 months ago

Yeah, didn’t say it would be at a sanctioned meet

Also saw a wave of negative comments coming

CY~
5 months ago

+ 100 free for Jo
+ 200 fly for Zheng

Hoosier Daddy
5 months ago

Where are all the haters now???? Joseph has to be the favorite to not only win the 100 fly, but also set a new world record!!!

cmon speedo
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
5 months ago

maybe… if he uses fins

SCCOACH
Reply to  cmon speedo
5 months ago

Maybe with a monofin

Cate
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
5 months ago

Where are all the haters? They’re down voting you.

Swimws
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
4 months ago

Just kicking, but he will scratch finals.

cmon speedo
5 months ago

I predict 53 low for Schooling

25Backstroke
Reply to  cmon speedo
5 months ago

Ok, I understand that he’s not at his Rio form nor is he even a favorite to final, but he’s been 52.xx in season already. I think a 51.5-51.9 is in the cards, and he’ll make semis but won’t final.

Coach Serg
5 months ago

Joseph went a 47.99 100 fly from the bottom this morning. I think it’s time to start tapering.

mds
Reply to  Coach Serg
5 months ago

“From the bottom?” A new term of art with which I’m not familiar?

dresselgoat
Reply to  mds
4 months ago

Floating start. Better put push off from the bottom not the wall

Last edited 4 months ago by dresselgoat
HJones
Reply to  Coach Serg
5 months ago

Yea, in a yards pool I bet.

Dr. Inge Austin
Reply to  Coach Serg
4 months ago

Yiha to the 47 mark Sergio:-)

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