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Commonwealth Games: Schooling rues poor start in 50m butterfly final, finishes seventh

Published on Jul 26, 2014 3:18 AM
Joseph Schooling off the blcks at the semi-finals of the 50m butterfly event held at the Tollcross Swimming Centre. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

In the end, it was not to be for Joseph Schooling, who finished seventh in the 50m butterfly final at the Commonwealth Games.

The Singaporean, who stood to make history by winning the republic's first-ever swimming medal at the games, touched home in 23.96 secs, which was slower than his personal best and national record of 23.43 secs set during the heats at Glasgow's Tollcross Swimming Centre.

England's Benjamin Proud won the final with a new games record of 22.93 secs. South African duo Roland Schoeman (23.13 secs) and Chad le Clos (23.36 secs) took the silver and bronze respectively.

A poor start off the blocks cost 19-year-old Schooling dear as he struggled to keep up with the leaders.

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