Swimming: Tao Li makes 50m fly semis; Joseph narrowly misses cut for 100m fly

Singapore's Joseph Schooling competes in the heats of the men's 200m butterfly swimming event in the Fina World Championships in Barcelona on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Schooling narrowly failed to make the last-16 cut in the men's 100m fly. -- PHOTO: A
Singapore's Joseph Schooling competes in the heats of the men's 200m butterfly swimming event in the Fina World Championships in Barcelona on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Schooling narrowly failed to make the last-16 cut in the men's 100m fly. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE swimmer Tao Li has reached the semi-finals of the women's 50m butterfly at the Fina World Championships in Barcelona.

The 23-year-old clocked 26.48sec - shy of her national record of 26.10 - in Friday's heat to rank 13th out of 61 entrants.

It was a less fruitful outing, however for 18-year-old Joseph Schooling, who narrowly failed to make the last-16 cut in the men's 100m fly.

The Florida-based swimmer's time of 52.56 saw him finish 17th out of 60 swimmers.

Tao's semi-final will take place early Saturday morning (Singapore time).