Swimming: Joseph Schooling wins 50m butterfly on Texas Senior Circuit, posts 12th-fastest time in the world this season

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling in action during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 12, 2016.
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling in action during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 12, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Olympic 100m butterfly champion Joseph Schooling won the 50m fly race at the second stop of the Texas Senior Circuit on Friday (June 9), as he steps up his preparation for next month's swimming World Championships.

The Singaporean won with a time of 23.51sec, ahead of Bryce Bohman (24.43) and Turker Ayar (24.44). The time is the 12th fastest time in the world this year and is just off his personal best and national record of 23.25sec.

Schooling, 21, has qualified for four events at next month's World Championships - the 50m, 100m and 200m fly, as well as the 100m freestyle.

The Texas Senior Circuit is organised by professional swim coaches and aims to provide top-quality racing for college swimmers in the US. It is held in the long-course metre format (50m pools), a departure from the short-course yards (25-yard lengths) that is typical of collegiate racing in the US.