SINGAPORE: Team Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling has pulled out of the Men's 200m Butterfly event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced on Wednesday (Aug 3).
He will still compete in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly events.
“After a lot of thinking by Joseph and discussions between Eddie Reese and I, we have come to the decision to drop the Men’s 200m Butterfly event," said Sergio Lopez, Head Coach of the Singapore Swimming Association.
Eddie Reese is Schooling's coach at the Rio Olympics.
"Joseph will be swimming the 100m Freestyle event instead where we believe he has a very good chance to be in the final," Lopez added.
Earlier in June, Schooling won gold in the 100m Butterfly final of the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite in Texas, beating record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps in the process.
Schooling's team mate Quah Zheng Wen will participate in the Men’s 100m Backstroke, Men’s 100m Butterfly and Men’s 200m Butterfly events and Quah Ting Wen in the Women’s 100m Butterfly event, said SNOC.