Think You Can Beat Joseph Schooling In A 200 Fly?

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling has recently garnered both media and fan attention for responding to another athlete’s social media post issuing a unique challenge.

Top Singaporean marathon runner Soh Rui Yong recently set the national record for a 2.4k run on September 4th, registering a time of 6:54 to become the first-ever man from his nation to get under 7:00 in the event.

In his own Instagram post touting his achievement, Yong pointed out that, “Somehow, some people still think their ‘army/commando/BMT mate who smokes’ ran faster”, a statement aimed at those who claim that type of performance is a regular occurrence among Singapore’s Armed Forces Commando Formation.

To prove his point, Yong followed up with the offer of a reward of S$700 (~$530) and 700 bottles of a sports drink to anyone who also dip under 7 minutes in the 2.4k distance.

The situation further escalated as Schooling, Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist, carried the competitive proposal to the pool. Schooling wrote that he would offer up a Hugo Boss suit for free if anyone could beat him at the 200m butterfly, even giving the opposing swimmer a 10-second head start.

“I’ll double down on that. I’ll give anyone a 10 second head start for a 200. Winner gets to pick a suit paid for by me,” is what Schooling specifically posted, while a fellow commenter clarified if it was fly or free. Schooling responded, “whatever they [challenger] wants.”

Although several commenters posted encouraging responses, one individual stated, “Childish and immature. What’s your point? It’s quite unnecessary/uncalled for, what the both of you are doing. Our best national athletes issuing challenges on social media to fellow countrymen.”

Schooling responded, “that’s one way to look at it. Why not healthy competition?”

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Schooling topped the men’s 100m butterfly podium, beating out a trio of iconic silver medalists in Laszlo Cseh of Hungary, Michael Phelps of the United States and Chad Le Clos of South Africa.

Upon his return, Schooling received a nearly $800,000 award from Singapore, in addition to receiving a hero’s welcome. He and his family were greeted by the nation’s government and Schooling was honored with parades around the nation. He also received free airfare for life from Air Asia.

The man still has consistently been enjoying a string of sponsorships, including as a model/spokesman for clothier Hugo Boss, hence Schooling’s suit prize offer.

Although Schooling scored 100m fly bronze at the 2017 World Championships, as well as earned two individual golds at the following year’s Asian Games, the former Texas Longhorn placed just 44th in the men’s 100m fly at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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14 days ago

I know I could

14 days ago

With a 10 second start? Maybe a 200 free, definitely not a 200 fly

14 days ago

I know that Singapore isn’t a swimming powerhouse or anything, but surely there would be someone within 10 seconds of his current 200 fly time? He’s swam it twice this year (twice since 2018 actually) and went 2:07-2:08, so I’m guessing a 2:15ish time would be enough to beat him with a 10 second head start, which is just between 17-18 AA and AAA times here in the states

Reply to  jeff
14 days ago

Zheng Quah can surely take him with a 10s head start… He went 1:56.4 in the Olympics this year, so…

Last edited 14 days ago by Barry
Reply to  jeff
14 days ago

I’m sure he’s barely touched water since Tokyo, if at all. He might not finish a long course 2 fly right now.

14 days ago

About to pull up with my 2:30 200lfy for a new fit

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
14 days ago

Quick, let’s get this guy called err… Mistof Krilak on this.

14 days ago

“Can you beat Schooling in a 2 fly…?” Depends, what was his practice time?

Reply to  BKP
13 days ago


Reply to  Khachaturian
10 days ago

Not even in SCY 🤣

sticky rice
14 days ago

LOL Zheng Quah about to get himself a new suit

14 days ago

This is Schooling trying to stay relevant in 2021

Reply to  Hank
14 days ago

Gonna be tough, not even the best 100 flyer from Singapore this year

Mixed Words
Reply to  Hank
13 days ago

Yep…an awfully low stoop for an Olympic Champion.

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