Schooling Opts Out Of 200 Fly For 2018 Asian Games

A total of 462 gold medals across 40 sports will be up for grabs at the 2018 Asian Games this summer and Olympic champion Joseph Schooling will be vying for 5 of them. The former Texas Longhorn leads Singapore’s biggest ever delegation to the Games, which take place August 18th to September 2nd in Indonesia, with his home nation of Singapore sending 246 athletes across 22 sports.

Schooling is slated to swim 5 events at the competition, entered in the 100m freestyle, 50m fly and 100m fly, as well as the 4x100m free and 4x100m medley relay events. The 22-year-old has reportedly dropped the 200m fly from his Asian Games line-up, an event in which he scored bronze behind Japanese swimmers Daiya Seto and Kento Hirai at the 2014 edition of the Games.

Speaking to TODAY Singapore this week, Schooling said he had requested to be included on Singapore’s relay teams as he wanted “to help out as much as I can”.

He stated. “My goal for Asian Games is to do my best for the country, bring glory to Singapore and helping out the younger kids, we have a young team and I’m super excited particularly for the relays.”

Additional members of the Singaporean swimming contingency for the Games include Danny Yeo, Quah Zheng Wen, Lionel Khoo and Pang Sheng Jun. Women include Amanda LimQuah Ting Wen, Roanne Ho, Samantha Yeo and Quah Jing Wen.

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Bear Drinks Beer

Considering Schooling was under 23 in 50m fly last summer, I don’t think he can still swim a decent 200 fly. There have been 16 other sub-23 50m flyer in history and most of them can’t even swim a good 100 fly, let alone 200.

Gator chomp

Yeah dressel is a sub 23 50 fly too but when it comes to the 100 he is awful

Bear Drinks Beer

Dressel is definitely not among ‘most of them’. Another exception is Cavic.

Bear Drinks Beer

And actually, none of the sub-23 50 flyers apart from Joseph Schooling has ever swum a sub-2 min 200 fly.

Ol' Longhorn

The other tip-off for you should have been his past two NCAA 200 flys —- and those were SCY.

Sir Swimsalot

Bummed he doesn’t like the 200 Fly anymore, but he should swim what he thinks is best for himself and his team. Good for him.


I actually feel he should drop the 100 freestyle and focus on 200 fly. If he is in good form, he should be able to win 50 and 100 fly. 100 freestyle i doubt he can win.


Mr Seto will be happy with that News …..

Bear Drinks Beer

His main competitor is his compatriot, the junior swimmer Nao Horomura who went 1:53.79 in their trials.


I doubt he cares whether or not schooling swims it. His pb is 1:55 high and hasn’t been relevant in the event in 3 years.


good point

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