Swimming: Joseph Schooling advances to 200m fly world championships semi-finals

Schooling clocked 1min 56.85sec in his morning heats on Tuesday to finish 13th overall.
Schooling clocked 1min 56.85sec in his morning heats on Tuesday to finish 13th overall. PHOTO: AFP

KAZAN, Russia - Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling has qualified for the semi-finals of the men's 200m butterfly event at the ongoing Fina World Championships.

He clocked 1:56.85sec in his morning heats on Tuesday to finish 13th overall and move into the next round which is scheduled to start at approximately 12.04am (Wednesday morning).

Teammate Quah Zheng Wen did not make the semis after his time of 1:58.32 saw him place 21st, with only the top-16 swimmers advancing.

Hungarian Laslo Cseh was the fastest qualifier with a time of 1:53.71 while Olympic champion Chad le Clos barely scraped through in joint-14th spot.

The South African's time of 1:56.92 was slower than Schooling, who also made the 200m fly semis at the last world championships in 2013 in Barcelona but did not make the final.

 

On Monday night, the 20-year-old Singaporean had competed in his first world championship final and finished seventh in the 50m fly at the Kazan Arena in Russia.

Meanwhile, compatriots Lionel Khoo and Quah Ting Wen also did not advance to the semis of their respective events.

Khoo clocked 28.87sec and finished 46th overall in the 50m breaststroke which saw South African Cameron van der Burgh set a new world record with his 26.62sec effort.

Quah clocked 2:02.13 in the 200m freestyle and finished 38th overall. American star Katie Ledecky was the fastest qualifier in 1:55.82.

jonwong@sph.com.sg