Team Singapore’s Schooling Joseph Isaac (L) poses on podium after he won silver medal at Men's 50m Butterfly Final (Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
On another night of glory for Team Singapore in Incheon, swimming star Joseph Schooling completed a remarkable medal hat-trick, claiming Silver in the Men’s 50m Butterfly on Thursday at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center to add to his medal haul of Gold and Bronze.
Powering through the water in his characteristic style, Schooling’s 23.70 seconds was just 0.24 behind China’s Gold medallist Shi Yang. South Korea’s Jungdoo Yang took home the Bronze medal.
“Winning Gold, Silver and Bronze is pretty cool. It has been a rollercoaster games,” said Schooling. “I would have liked to win two Golds and one Bronze instead, but credit to Shi Yang - he had a really good race; he is a very explosive guy. I tried to beat him but I ran out of room and I think he was pulling away – I’m just glad to have gotten a medal from this race.”
Team Singapore’s Schooling Joseph Isaac poses after he won silver medal at Men's 50m Butterfly Final (Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
Prior to the race on Thursday evening, the 19-year-old had already claimed Bronze in the 200m Butterfly, as well as Gold in the 100m Butterfly - Singapore's first Asian Games Gold in men's swimming since Ang Peng Siong's 100m freestyle win at the 1982 New Delhi Games.
Schooling again against had the fastest reaction time but did not emerge from his dive in the lead, which meant that he required outstanding power and acceleration to burst through for Silver.
“I gave it my best, I think I was behind from the start and playing catch-up the whole time from then on.” said Schooling.
“One of the things I said when I came here was that I wanted to win my races – that was my goal and I think to win a full-set of medals at my first Asian Games isn’t too bad. There are plenty of positives I can take out of this,” he added.
Schooling did not look too pleased when he saw the scoreboard, but said that his initial reaction was part of his character.
“I hate losing. In the 50m race, anything can happen and so many things can go wrong. I hate losing - if it is not a Gold medal then I'm disappointed,” said Schooling.
Team Singapore's Tan Jing E in action during Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay (Photo by Jaewon Lee / Sport Singapore)
In the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay, the Singapore team of Tao Li, Samantha Yeo, Quah Ting Wen and Amanda Lim finished a creditable fourth with a time of 4:11.77, more than five seconds ahead of fifth placed Thailand. Japan took gold ahead of South Korea and Hong Kong. In the women’s 50m breaststroke, Roanne Ho finished seventh with a time of 32.70. In the Women's 800m Freestyle, Lynette Lim came in seventh with a time out 8:52.45 while Rachel Tseng finished 10th in 8:58.59.