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‘You made us very proud today’: PM Lee to Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam led an outpouring of congratulations to Joseph Schooling on his historic gold medal win.

‘You made us very proud today’: PM Lee to Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling

Joseph Schooling of Singapore celebrates after winning the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo: REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam led an outpouring of congratulations to Singapore swim sensation Joseph Schooling on winning the nation’s first Olympic gold medal.

Posting on Facebook after the race, Mr Lee told the swimmer, who beat record-holder Michael Phelps to win the 100m butterfly event, that “you made us very proud today”.

The 21-year-old Singaporean touched the wall in 50.39s, nearly one second ahead of a joint-silver finish of 51.14s shared by Phelps, South Africa's Chad le Clos and Hungarian Laszlo Cseh, and smashing the Olympic Games record of 50.58s.

“My heartiest congratulations to Joseph Isaac Schooling for his historic gold medal win, and Olympic record of 50.39 seconds for the 100m butterfly! This is Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal ever, and also our first medal for ‪#‎Rio2016,” he wrote.

“It is an incredible feat, to compete among the world’s best, stay focused, and emerge victorious.”

 

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Dr Tan, who was present at the race, also took to Facebook to post his congratulations.

“Witnessed history being created today! Congratulations to Joseph Schooling, for bagging the Gold medal in the Olympic Men 100m Butterfly in 50.39s and breaking the Olympics record in the process!” he wrote.

Schooling’s hard work has “certainly paid off”, Dr Tan said, adding that Singaporeans back home “must be as thrilled as I am”.

“Schooling pushed himself hard against the best in the world in order to put Singapore on the Olympic world map. The values that brought him thus far continue to make him a role model for many of us.”

President Tan with Joseph Schooling

Minister Reax Schooling

Source: CNA/cy
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