Schooling wins Singapore’s 1st swimming gold in 100 butterfly, Phelps 2nd
At the age of 13 budding swimmer Joseph Schooling met Michael Phelps, who at the time was a role model of his. Eight years later the kid in that photo is now a gold medalist, as he ended Phelps’ Olympic gold medal streak in the 100 meter butterfly.
Schooling, who posted the best time of the semifinal heats as well, finished in 50.39 seconds in establishing a new Olympic record. Schooling’s gold medal is also Singapore’s first ever Olympic swimming medal, and it’s also the nation’s first Olympic gold medal in any sport.
Phelps finished in a three-way tie for silver, with he, South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh all finishing in 51.14 seconds. Phelps’ career Olympic gold medal count may stay at 22 for the time being, but he now has 27 total Olympic medals to his credit. Fellow American Tom Shields finished seventh with a time of 51.73 seconds.