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Team Singapore's Joseph Schooling in action during the Men's 200m Individual Medley heats (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)


After the excitement of Joseph Schooling’s Bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly on Sunday, Singapore swimming fans can prepare for another thrilling final after Tao Li finished the fastest in qualifying for the Women’s 50m Butterfly on Monday morning.

Tao Li’s time of 26.46 seconds in Heat 2 was matched by China’s Lu Ying in Heat 3 and it promises to be a tight battle at the Munhak Aquatics Center later in the evening.

The 24-year-old Singaporean is looking for a third consecutive Asian Games triumph in the 50m Butterfly following her Gold medals in Guangzhou four years ago and Doha in 2006.


Team Singapore's Tao Li in action during the Women's 50m Butterfly heats (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)



Fresh from his latest success of winning a Bronze in the Men's 200m Butterfly on Sunday night, Schooling will also be back in action in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley finals after a fast second place finish with a qualifying time of 2:00.78 on Monday morning.

Schooling’s qualifying time was just three hundreds of a second behind fastest qualifier Hiromasa Fujimori of Japan, and this indicates he has a real chance of bagging yet another medal in Incheon.

In other women's swimming events, Nur Marina Chan finished 13th in the 50m Butterfly Heats with a timing of 27.99 seconds, and 14th in the 100m Freestyle heats, clocking 58.31 seconds. Compatriot Amanda Lim finished in the 100m Freestyle Heats slightly ahead in 11th place, with a time of 57.12.

In the 200m Breaststroke Heats, Samamtha Yeo finished 11th with a timing of 2:38.52.

Male swimmer Rainer Ng came in 17th in his Men's 50m Backstroke Heats with a time of 26.94 seconds. Along with Tao Li and Schooling, the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay team will feature in the swim finals later on Monday evening.

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