Phelps & Schooling Share Stage: “Jo Will Be Fine” In Tokyo

by Retta Race 42

May 21st, 2019 Asia, International, News

The GOAT and the man who beat him both appeared on the same stage, as 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and Singaporean 100m fly champion from Rio Joseph Schooling took part in a global event last week. Both Phelps and Schooling were special guest speakers at the ‘What’s Next in Global Sports’ event in Singapore May 16th and 17th at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center.

Per the event’s site, ‘What’s Next in Global Sports’ brings together thought leaders from around the globe for dynamic discussions on the key technology, media and marketing trends shaping the future of the sports industry. Given the vast untapped opportunity in global sports that is in Asia, the event will spotlight what is driving the rise of Asia on the global sporting stage, and deliver expert advice on unlocking opportunities for your business.’

The event wrapped up with the ONE: Enter the Dragon, with the premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event highlighted by the World Title bout between 4-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki and six-time Pankration World Champion Christian Lee.

As for Schooling, his Instagram post below reads, “Eight weeks out to the World Championships and managed to get some time with @m_phelps00 . Always fun to catch up with the 🐐.

In an interview appearing in The Straits Times during the GOAT’s visit, Phelps said of Schooling’s chances for gold in Tokyo, “As long as Jo prepares himself as best as he can, he is going to be fine. He’s talented enough, he’s got enough speed, he’s got a great kick, he’s a great competitor.”

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Eight weeks out to the World Championships and managed to get some time with @m_phelps00 . Always fun to catch up with the 🐐. 📷: Don Wong | Canon EOS RP

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Yolo

*Caeleb enters the chat*

Brownish

I don’t think anybody will be faster than Dressel.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

U are so right – specially how he is swimming now ( as we saw last week-end ) ….

Brownish

The frees won’t be so easy 😉

Ol' Longhorn

Word.

Teamdressel

Dressel will be 46 low in Tokyo. He’s got gold easily

Brownish

Let’s look at the Worlds first.

Ol' Longhorn

Double word.

Ryan

Caeleb be like: hey Mike u forgot that I almost broke ur WR in textile?

I’m sure when Phelps is trying to sell suits in Gainesville he’ll be all about CD lol.

Skoorbnagol

Fine to make the final if he prepares correctly.

Lpman

I think the only one under 51 will be Dressel. I don’t see Schooling regaining 2016 form

Cody millers camera

it’ll be way more people under 51 than you think. i’m thinking like 4-5

ERVINFORTHEWIN

agreed – there are lots of guys who have been 51+ this year so far ….

SwimGeek

But only one guy going 49.5 . . .

Taa

He is the only one for sure going 50 low or better. Everyone else just has a chance to break to 51. I would bet on Chad and Milak as the other medal favorites.

Brownish

Plus Metella and perhaps Minakov. Codia found something last year, Sabo (Szabo) is good this year, defeated Cseh and Milak at Nationals In Debrecen and swam a National Record in 50 metres. I don’t know too much about Kusch, sorry for that.
I think Milak won’t be a medal contender here, he’ll win the 200 and I hope with new ER.

Pvdh

For now Milak’s 50 mid seems a one time thing. Especially with his focus now 2fly and events like 400 free. But who knows, he could change back to 100/200 fly for Tokyo. If he focuses on sprinting more he could go back under 51

Brownish

I hope so. That time 100 fly was the only goal (wasn’t selected in 200) and he did what he could. But 200 is his main goal as we can see.

Ol' Longhorn

Crazy things happen in Olympic years. I mean Seth frickin Stubblefield went 51.24 at ’16 OTs when his prior best was 52.4. There will be guys dropping out of nowhere.

Swimmer

Minakov will definitely take a medal

Brownish

I’m not so sure.

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