Joseph Schooling Posts World Leading Time In 100 Fly Semi-Finals

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Men’s 100 Fly Semi-Finals:

Leading the charge into tomorrow night’s final will be Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, who turned in the only sub-51 second time of the evening with a 50.83 finish in heat two to post the fastest time in the world for 2016.

Chad le Clos of South Africa posted a final time of 51.43 from the same heat to return tomorrow as the second place seed, just ahead of China’s young butterfly superstar Li Zhuhao. Zhuhao finished third overall in semi-finals with a 51.51.

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary just barely got his hand to the wall ahead of Michael Phelps, stopping the clock at a 51.57 for fourth going into tomorrow’s final.

Not long after becoming the first person, male or female, to four-peat an individual event Michael Phelps of the USA was back in the water in heat one of the 100 fly semi-finals. Phelps turned eighth at the 50-meter mark, but turned on the heat to charge home and touch second in his heat with a final time of 51.58, good for fifth going into tomorrow night’s final.

American teammate Tom Shields joins Phelps in the final as the sixth place seed, posting a qualifying time of 51.61.

Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikov (51.71) and France’s Mehdy Metella (51.75) round out the top eight qualifiers.

Full results from tonight available here.

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    Gabriel Wong

    Tomorrow will be Singapore historical moment. I believe Joseph Schooling was made for this moment. I have been waiting for this day to witness Singapore 1st gold medal ever to be won in the Olympic. I feel so proud of him and I can’t wait to see our Singapore flag raise in honour and Majura Singapura to be played and sang in Rio.

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