The Rio 2016 Olympic gold medal helps the Singaporean swimmer’s life, but also brings many challenges for him.
After a feat set up in Brazil three years ago, Schooling became a monument to swimming at home. Expectations for him also grow. Fans are always eager for this swimmer, they hope the “golden boy” of Singapore swimming village will continue to create resounding achievements.
However, things did not go so smoothly. Having defeated the legendary Michael Phelps in the 100 m butterfly to reach the Olympic summit, Schooling is now losing himself. Two years ago, the swimmer born in 1995 admitted to paying the price because he overslept on the victory for too long.
At the 2017 World Championships in Budapest (Hungary), Schooling finished third in the field. “This is not a successful tournament. After my achievements at the Rio Olympics, I spent 6 months to rest and just returned to serious training in January,” he explained.
“Today, I received an expensive lesson. It feels like you’ve just been thrown out of something. I don’t know what to say,” the owner of the 2016 Olympic gold medal in Rio continued.
The string of lousy achievements continues to cling to Southeast Asia. At the end of the 2019 World Cup qualifying round, this swimmer ranked 24th in the list of the fastest swimmers of the 100 m butterfly content. Schooling’s achievement is 52 seconds 93, far behind the milestone 50 seconds 39 established at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Schooling stopped the game early in Korea. In swimming, there are many ways to lose, but failure like 24-year-old swimmer is really shocked. He could not reach the semi-finals of the forte content, a result that disappointed professionals, and Singaporeans were worried.
The Tokyo Olympics will take place next year and Schooling must protect the 100 m butterfly gold medal. Just like the last time swimming, 24-year-old fisherman hard to create trophies. That’s not to say the world is seeing a Caeleb Dressel emerge very quickly, and is worthy of the “new Michael Phelps”.