If there was a record for breaking records, Michael Phelps would doubtless don his goggles and cap to swim for it. The world had already accepted the fact that Phelps is the king of waters and there is no way the beast can be defeated, but until now.
In 2008, Michael Phelps met a bespectacled teenager in Singapore after breaking all sorts of swimming and Olympic records at the Beijing Games. Little did the star American swimmer know that that same teenager, who is now 21 years old, stop him from being the fastest to swim across 100m in butterfly stroke at the Olympics and add another gold medal in his list of of 4 this olympics.
In just one performance, Singapore’s Joseph Schooling beat swimming great Michael Phelps, took home his country’s first Olympic gold medal ever.
He also set a new Olympic record of 50.39 seconds.
Remarkably 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, as they all clocked the same time of 51.14 seconds.
Schooling left the country at 14 to train in the United States and now studies at the University of Texas in Austin, whose programme is led by two-time U.S. Olympic men’s head coach Eddie Reese.
“This moment is not about me, it’s all about my coaches my friends my family that believed that when I was a six year old kid that I could do it,” he said.
“I’m excited just to see how much faster he goes. It’s up to him where he wants to take it. As big as he wants to dream, as hard as he wants to work, to do whatever is in his head,” Phelps told praising Schooling.
Woow.. now the world has no excuse for hard-work. Schooling has proved that working hard on your dreams will only let you achieve one.