Schooling Wins Fifth Consecutive SEA Games 100 Fly Gold Medal


The 2021 (2022) Southeast Asian Games rolled on through day 3 in Hanoi, Vietnam, with 2016 Olympic champion Joseph Schooling of Singapore back in the water.

The former University of Texas Longhorn took on the men’s 100m fly race, the event in which he won gold 6 years ago in Rio. Tonight he logged a time of 52.22 to lead a 1-2 Singaporean punch, with his teammate Quah Zheng Wen racking up another piece of hardware with a time of 52.86

Thailand’s Navaphat Wongcharoen rounded out the podium with a mark of 52.98 to establish a new national record in the process.

For Schooling, the 26-year-old has topped the men’s 100m fly podium at the SEA Games since 2013, with tonight’s performance checking in as his 3rd fastest time produced at this typically-biannual competition. His fastest SEA Games mark came in 2017 when he hit a Games Record 51.38 while in 2019 he was 51.84 for the victory.

So far this season, Schooling has put up a solid effort of 52.09 at the Singapore National Qualifier meet last month, a time which easily beat out the 53.12 he put up in Tokyo. to place 44th overall.

Both Quah and Schooling were back at it for the men’s medley relay as the last event of the evening. Quah led off the Singaporean squad in backstroke, followed by Maximilian Ang taking on breaststroke. Schooling raced the fly leg before handing the relay off to Jonathan Tan to seal the deal with a collective time of 3:37.69. Splits were not available at the time of publishing.

After already having won gold here in the men’s 1500m free, the Vietnamese ace Nguyễn Huy Hoàng made some more noise in the men’s 400m free.

Stopping the clock in a time of 3:48.06, Nguyễn not only established a new meet record in the event, but the 21-year-old cracked a new national record en route to topping the podium.

Entering this meet, Nguyễn had been as fast as 3:48.85, a time he produced at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. With tonight’s result, however, he shaved just under a second off of that performance to further creep toward the 3:47 barrier.

The women’s 200m back saw Chloe Isleta put up the fastest time, taking the gold medal in a mark of 2:18.60.

Isleta is the Philippines’ national record holder in the 100m back and her time here in the longer distance inches her nearer to the longstanding record of 2:16.33 that’s been on the books since 2018.

Additional Winners:

  • Singapore’s Gan Ching Hwee topped the women’s 200m free podium with a time of 2:02.06.
  • The women’s 50m breast saw Singapore’s Letitia Sim get it done for gold in 31.43 this evening.
  • Trần Hưng Nguyên punched a new Vietnamese national record in the men’s 200m back, hitting 2:01.58 to grab gold.

Swimming Medal Table at the 2022 Southeast Asian Games Through Day 3

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6 months ago
Reply to  PBJSwimming
6 months ago

Short at the turn and long on the finish. Would have gone 51 otherwise.

Reply to  MR FLY
6 months ago

51.8 or 7 def the finish costed the sub 52

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Reply to  PBJSwimming
6 months ago

Put out the fire emojis onto the face of Joe Schooling? (1:33)

6 months ago

Schooling’s celebration after that swim (regardless of time) showed a level of genuine emotion you rarely ever see from an Olympic champion at a regional meet, especially at one much smaller compared to the Worlds, ASEAN Games and Olympics he’s been to for the better part of his career.

IMO the immense hype, valorisation and expectations placed on him by his home country Singapore eroded his motivation over the years. That and the high after winning Olympic gold, only made his performance go downhill when 2019 came around.

For all that he’s been through since Rio, and him possibly singing the swan song of his career soon, the maturity and humility he approaches his own future with now are breathtaking.… Read more »

Reply to  Pillow
6 months ago

I agree. You know what? He seems genuinely happy and relaxed this time round, a Joseph that we’ve not seen for years. I was making that comment practically everytime he appeared on screen. He also seemed so much less tense during interviews and was joking around with reporters, compared to his furrowed brows in previous years when addressing the media. I think people have been mentioning this alot in local media this year, even the head coach said so. He has transformed (the exact words used by the head coach), and now takes on a leader role among the team. It was apparently him who spoke to the other swimmers affected by the relay disqualification.

He’s been through a… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pillow
6 months ago

Another key factor post-2017: No Eddie.

6 months ago

he was 51.38 in 2017

Reply to  jimmy
6 months ago

Maybe you were 51 or 38 in 2017. Can’t get the time back, and you just might be past your prime. Get over it.

Reply to  applesandoranges
6 months ago

His point is that swimswam put the wrong time for his 2017 sea games time. Schooling did in fact go a 51.38 in 2017, not the 51.83 that’s written above

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