SINGAPORE: About 500 students and teachers from the Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) family rose to their feet and erupted in cheers as Team Singapore's Joseph Schooling won the nation's first Olympic gold medal on Saturday (Aug 13).
The crowd went wild when Schooling, who was swimming in the 100m butterfly final race, smashed the Olympic Games record of 50.58s by clocking 50.39s.
Schooling attended Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) for two years before moving to the Bolles School in Florida in 2009.
An ACS spokesperson said the school decided to hold a live screening as it would allow its students and teachers to catch the historic moment as they cheered on Schooling in the final.
Mr Chan Chee Wei, Director Health Physical Education Recreation said: "Joseph's win is not just an Olympic gold medal but he also broke the Olympic Games record and this will really go down in a long time in the history of Singapore; being the first man in Singapore to win the medal at such a great time. As an ACS family, we are really, really happy that he's a son of ACS and Singapore".
A crowd of around 500 people were present at a live screening of Joseph Schooling's 100m butterfly finals at Anglo Chinese School (Independent). (Photo: Nisha Karyn)
Year five student, Ken Zhang who was also at the live screening said Schooling's victory is an inspiration to everyone.
"Regardless what sports we do, he's an inspiration to all of us. So long you have the passion for it; put in the hard work; we are able to achieve something really great," he said.