Joseph Schooling Defends 100 Fly Asian Games Title; Sets Games Record

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Singapore’s Joseph Schooling successfully defended his Asian Games gold medal on Wednesday night in Jakarta with a new Games Record in the 100 fly. Schooling swam a 51.04 to become the fourth fastest man in the world for the 2018 Virtual World Championships. Schooling is not up to where he was two summers ago at the Olympics when he became the first man from Singapore to win an Olympic gold medal but he is consistently one of the best butterflyers in the world.

Schooling had pressure from China’s Li Zhuhao who won the silver medal at 51.46. Li just missed the virtual top eight with his time. Japan’s Yuki Kobori won the bronze medal with a 51.77.

Schooling won Singapore’s seventh gold medal in men’s swimming at the Asian Games with that swim. He is also just the second man to repeat in the 100 fly at this meet since Japan’s Takashi Yamamoto won three straight from 1998-2006.

Singapore’s Zheng Quah (52.54), Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Mussin (52.95), Japan’s Nao Horomura (53.00), Korea’s Chang Gyucheol (53.32) and Indonesia’s Glenn Sutanto (53.89) also placed in the top eight.

  1. Joseph Schooling, SGP, 51.04, Games Record
  2. Li Zhuhao, CHN, 51.46
  3. Yuki Kobori, JPN, 51.77
  4. Zheng Quah, SGP, 52.54
  5. Adilbek Mussin, KAZ, 52.95
  6. Nao Horomura, JPN, 53.00
  7. Chang Gyucheol, KOR, 53.32
  8. Glenn Sutanto, INA, 53.89

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Piero Codia, ITA, 50.64, Europeans
  2. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 50.65, Commonwealth Games
  3. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 50.75, Pan Pacs
  4. Joseph Schooling, SGP, 51.04, Asian Games
  5. Mehdy Metella, FRA, 51.24, Europeans
  6. James Guy, GBR, 51.31, Commonwealth Games
  7. Jack Conger, USA, 51.32, Pan Pacs
  8. Vini Lanza, BRA, 51.44, Pan Pacs

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3 years ago

Singapore’s new IOC country code since 2016 is SGP.

Schooling wasn’t the first person from Singapore to win an Olympic medal. He won the country’s first gold medal.

3 years ago

Why not count Dressel’s 50.50 100 fly from US Nats in the “virtual world championships”?

Andy Ross
3 years ago
Reply to  Alec

Because Pan Pacs is an international meet. The goal was to compile the best times from finals at Commonwealths, Europeans, Pan Pacs and Asian Games to get a feel for what the “World Final” would look like this year since there isn’t one. Nationals time weren’t considered since it was just a qualifying meet for Pan Pacs.

3 years ago
Reply to  Andy Ross

Makes sense, thank your for the reply!