RIO DE JANEIRO: Singapore’s Joseph Schooling missed out on qualifying for the 100m freestyle final on Tuesday (Aug 9) after clocking 48.70s in his semi-final at the Rio Olympics.
Schooling finished 8th in his semi-final, and his time placed him in overall 16th position in the men’s 100m freestyle event.
Speaking to reporters after the race, Schooling said that he was now looking forward to the 100m butterfly heats.
"I thought it was going a lot faster but I just couldn't get into the race," said Schooling. "It's my third best time so I can't be mad at it."
"It's just a warm up for the 100 fly, that's what I'm focusing on. I feel fine," he added. "It's hard. I've never raced at 10pm at night, it's not an excuse but I think this is a good learning curve to set me up for Thursday and hopefully Friday."
Schooling would have become the first male Singaporean to qualify for the final of an Olympic swimming event had he progressed.
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