SINGAPORE: Being crowned Olympic champion in the 100m butterfly race was only the beginning for 21-year-old Joseph Schooling. His next goal is to break the world record in the same event.
"We have the FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest (in 2017). I'm going to try and break the world record over there - that's definitely one of my goals," said the swim star on Tuesday (Nov 22).
Schooling clocked 50.39 seconds in Rio to win the race, beating childhood idol Michael Phelps, who currently holds the world record at 49.82 seconds.
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia on the sidelines of a golf fundraiser organised by the Singapore Swimming Association, Schooling shared how he hopes his training regime will bring him closer to that target.
"My weight programme has been the same, but as far as dry land is concerned, we've changed a couple of things. Last year, I did a distance workout circuit. This year, we have subbed part of that circuit for rowing - we do a couple of sets of that," he said.
He also spoke highly of coach Eddie Reese's training strategy, which he said is instrumental to his growth as a swimmer.
"In the water, Eddie likes to keep it simple. He believes hard work produces good results. We're the hardest working team in the world. No doubt about that, no one is on our level," Schooling said.
"Training with those guys enables me to better myself and I help other guys on the team get better as well. That's how it is supposed to be, it is perfect."
The University of Texas student is in Singapore for a week-long visit, and will fly back to the United States on Friday to resume his studies and training.