Schooling Breaks Own Asian Games Record To Defend 100 Fly Title

SWIMMING AT THE 2018 ASIAN GAMES

Singaporean Joseph Schooling successfully defended his 100 fly title at the Asian Games in Jakarta, lowering his own meet record by over seven-tenths of a second in 51.04. The now 23-year-old set the previous standard of 51.76 four years ago in Incheon.

Schooling, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in this event, had the lead at the turn by just over a tenth in 23.79, with China’s Li Zhuhao back in 23.91. The former Texas Longhorn only extended his advantage coming home, splitting 27.25 to beat out Li (51.46) by over four-tenths.

After his preliminary swim of 52.31 put him 50th in the world for 2018, Schooling elevates himself all the way up into 5th with this swim. He still trails a few of his friendly rivals in Americans Caeleb Dressel (50.50) and Jack Conger (51.00) for the year.

Behind Li it was Japan’s Yuki Kobori winning bronze in 51.77, and Schooling’s Singapore teammate Zheng Wen Quah (who swims for Cal in the NCAA) took 4th in 52.54.

Schooling was well off his best form back in March at the 2018 NCAA Championships, but has had a nice bounce back here. He had a very impressive 1:46.6 split on the 800 free relay where Singapore won bronze, and now adds a gold to his collection here.

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Love to Swim
2 years ago

Obviously NCAA wasn’t his target this year. Winning Asian
Games gold medals means national hero treatment, and additional millions in his bank account.

SwimGeek
Reply to  Love to Swim
2 years ago

He could have put all is is focus on NCAAs and still wouldn’t have beaten a 42-second fly swim from CD.

Love to Swim
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

I didn’t even mention CD. 🤦

Qovapryi
2 years ago

All the people who have been trashing on Schooling since the NCAA championship better shut up now. He came for the 100 fly, found a worthy rival in Li and still managed to defend his title. Yeah he’s made his mistakes in the past – and he’s still far from the condition he was at in Rio – but no one does no wrong. And the sheer hate I’ve read on these pages in his regards is honestly unwarranted and blown way out of proportion, while many other swimmers get a free pass from the entire community just because they’re American. Schooling is one of the best fly swimmers of this generation, deal with it. If Dressel, Conger, Le Clos,… Read more »

Love to Swim
Reply to  Qovapryi
2 years ago

I agree with your points, but what has Conger accomplished to be included in the list?

Conger seems just can’t get it done when it matters.

Qovapryi
Reply to  Love to Swim
2 years ago

Spoiler alert: I am dumb and confused him with Ian Crocker .____.

Love to Swim
Reply to  Qovapryi
2 years ago

Well.. both swam for Texas, and their name starts with C and has R lol.

But Crocker was so much better and more accomplished flyer than Conger is 😀

Buona
Reply to  Qovapryi
2 years ago

Excited for his 2019 Worlds.

25 free champ
Reply to  Buona
2 years ago

He’ll be bronze at best at Worlds.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  25 free champ
2 years ago

Never learn from 2016. How many times did we hear “there’s no chance Trump/Schooling/The Cubs can win”

JHS
2 years ago

Slower than he went in practice….
Bet Dean Farris could go faster.

MICHAEL
Reply to  JHS
2 years ago

If Joe Schooling and Dean Farris had a baby he would still lose to Dressel.

Buona
Reply to  MICHAEL
2 years ago

Can u stop mentioning about Dressel..

Jem
Reply to  Buona
2 years ago

ok. “The guy who isn’t in top form but still went 50.50 two weeks ago at Pan Pacs”.

Buona
Reply to  Jem
2 years ago

He went 50.75 in Pan Pacs final. 50.50 is from US championships.

Jem
Reply to  Buona
2 years ago

Ok “guy who isn’t in top form but did two sub-51s in the past month”.

Max T
Reply to  Jem
2 years ago

Er….Is Dressel in the Asian Games? If not, end of discussion.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
Reply to  Jem
2 years ago

The time doesn’t matter. He went 43.58 at 2017 NCAAs, and 49.86 at 2017 worlds. 50.0 twice in prelims and semis. 42.80 at 2018 NCAAs. He was in a motorcycle accident and went 50.50, then 50.75. That’s not being in top form.

25 free champ
Reply to  JHS
2 years ago

LOLOLOLOLOLOLZ

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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