Schooling Notches 2:00.23 In 200 IM World Cup Series Debut


Yesterday we reported how 24-year-old Joseph Schooling would be solely focusing on the 200m IM for this 3rd and final stop of the 1st cluster of the 2019 FINA World Cup Series.

Competing in front of his home nation, Schooling said this week that, “I think the most important thing is (that) I need to get my volume up in practice, I need to start doing longer and more sustained, intense sets.

“The IM trains a lot of different things, like fitness and different strokes, and it taps on different muscle systems and energy systems.”

Although Schooling holds his nation’s record in a time of 1:59.99, that outing was from way back in 2013. This morning, Schooling led the 200mIM field with a mark of 2:03.38 to land lane 4.

For tonight’s final, the former Texas Longhorn produced a solid outing of 2:00.23, a time just .24 outside of the aforementioned record and lifetime best for the Singaporean 100m fly Olympic Champion. He finished 4th overall in his 2019 World Cup debut.

Splits for Schooling’s 2:00.23 performance include the following:

25.52/30.86 (56.38)
35.29/28.56 (1:03.85)

Comparatively, the top finisher was Mitch Larkin of Australia, the World Championships finalist in the event who topped the podium tonight in 1:57.43. Behind him by well over a second was Lithuanian Danas Rapsys, who snagged silver in 1:59.14, while Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes just got under the 2-minute mark in 1:59.98.

At the World Championships this year, a 1:59.80 was needed to make the top 16, while a time of 1:57.98 was needed to make the top 8.

Post-race, Schooling said, “Coming into this race I wanted to go 2:00-high or 2:01-low, so 2:00 low is .2 to .3 seconds off of my best time and that’s a really good sign right now.”

He also stated, “This morning hurt more, morning swims are always hard for us (and) it’s hard to get up and go especially in heat one…I didn’t necessarily know where I was this morning, but overall, 2 solid swims and a lot of good things to take away from that.

“The 200m IM is always a painful race towards the end. I think middle distance is where I need to be swimming. (As for the) negatives, I wasn’t too happy with my turns, my transitions were kind of soft so that’s one more thing I’ve got to work on.”

He concluded, “I’m more in shape than I thought I was.”

All quotes courtesy of The Straits Times.

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2 years ago


2 years ago

200 IM is more open then 100/200 fly, smart move.

Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

50.3 is more competitive than 1:59.9 though….

Reply to  Bill
2 years ago

He hasn’t been that in a few years….

Reply to  Bill
2 years ago

2:00.23 would have placed higher than 52.93 at WCs though…

2 years ago

He is copying MA

Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Why focus on 50s?

Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

no switching to the 200IM

Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Or avoiding CD

2 years ago

Maybe this is the start of him getting serious again?

He’s more of a 100-200 guy than 50-100, so he has to train beyond three months out from competition.

2 years ago

Solid swim for a non-IMer. Still plenty of time for him to be in medal-worthy shape for Tokyo, so hopefully he keeps up the good work.

2 years ago

Out in 22.6

2 years ago

I don’t think he is switching focus events for Tokyo, but using this type of training to make him a better swimmer. I dig it. I do off events to mix it up too. Good for him. Not a bad time, I appreciate him being honest that backing off of hard stuff for last few years was not helping him. Sounds like he is ready to push himself again.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

He’s too afraid to do a 200 fly anymore, so this is the less painful option. He hasn’t been good in the 100 fly since he was able to do 1:55-56 200 fly, and he won’t be again until that happens (which it won’t).

2 years ago

He certainly looked like he needed more fitness at the Worlds so this move to extra all-round training makes sense to me even if he still focuses on the 100fly next year. I mean who wouldn’t want to defend an Olympic title?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Oceanian
2 years ago

Well, apparently if it hurts too much, Schooling.

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