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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Joseph Schooling meets Michael Phelps in 2008 then beats him in 2016 at the Rio Olympics

21 year old Joseph Schooling who met his idol Michael Phelps 8 years ago, became the first Singaporean athlete to win a Games gold and he did so in an Olympic record time of 50.83 seconds. Remarkably his idol Michael Phelps finished in a three-way tie for the silver, the 27th medal of his career, along with South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary (Phelp's most competitive rival)  as they all clocked the same time of 51.14 seconds.

Schooling said:
“As a kid I wanted to be like him,” said Schooling, who got his photograph taken with Phelps before his eight-gold-medal performance at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

“It’s crazy to think of what happens in eight years,” Schooling said, adding: “A lot of this is because of Michael. He’s the reason I wanted to be a better swimmer.”

During the Rio Olympics, Schooling punched the water upon realizing he had foiled three of the biggest names in the world of swimming.

Phelps will now have to wait to see if he can add to his 23 gold medals when he takes part in Saturday’s men’s 4x100m freestyle medley.

19 comments:

Nnenne George said...

Believe in yourself is the message.. Be focus in life and u will get there.. Oluwa is in control of my destiny..👏

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Wow! Hard work pays. Impossible is nothing, if you can dream it, you can achieve it.



~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

livingstone chibuike said...

Good

Genevieve Okoroigbo said...

Congrats to him.







says, Genevieve.

Saphire Muna said...

............... Nigeria is yet to win any medal.......













........................ Liber maniac...............

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Okay


...merited happiness

Teemah Salau said...

Motivation /inspiration

Ogenah Boris said...

Determination plus preparation. Congrats to Joseph

Juliet Iwuno said...

Awwwwwwww! Dreams do come true. Linda take note!

Uju Phil said...

Wow... The young has grown! #Dreamcomesthrough

Anonymous said...

Awesome!

Jamila Shaibu said...

Wow!!

Adenike Bamigboye said...

That's life

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

WOW THAT'S COOL







AUNTY LINDA 👩

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!

Adisa Akomolede said...

Wowzer this is awesome. Hard work pays

Vivian Reginalds said...

aww
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Moses Ogbeh said...

woo thats lovly, i like that

GREAT LADY said...

Very inspiring
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