Schooling becomes Singapore’s first-ever Olympic champion

Joseph Schooling made history in the 100m butterfly final on Friday night as he became the first athlete from Singapore to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

Schooling had already made history by becoming the first male Singaporean swimmer to reach the final of an event and saw off competition from his childhood idol Michael Phelps to emerge victorious.

The 21-year-old clocked an Olympic record time 50.39s, beating Phelps’ time of 50.58s at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Phelps, meanwhile, finished in a tie for second with South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh.

Schooling led the race from start to finish, while Phelps was sixth at the turn, but was denied the opportunity to win his 23rd gold medal by the Singaporean.

Schooling’s historic feat at the Olympics comes after he won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships, which was Singapore’s first-ever podium finish.

For Phelps, who now has 28 Olympic medals overall, with 22 of them being gold, he will conclude his illustrious career by competing in Saturday night’s medley relay.

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