WATCH: Joseph Schooling's dad reacts as son wins Olympic gold

Joseph Schooling's father, Colin Schooling, watches the 100m butterfly final at a friend's home.
Joseph Schooling's father, Colin Schooling, watches the 100m butterfly final at a friend's home. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Colin Schooling watches his son Joseph Schooling compete in the 100m fly finals.ST VIDEO: MARC LIM
Joseph Schooling made history with Singapore's first ever Olympic gold medal. The swimmer clocked 50.39s and broke an Olympic record in the 100m Men's Butterfly at Rio 2016. Back home, Singaporeans celebrated as he swam his way to victory.

SINGAPORE - For 50.39 seconds, he kept his gaze fixed on the TV. Hands covering his mouth, there was not a word from him, even as the others around him jumped in excitement.

When it was all over, he sank into his seat. His face finally broke into a wide grin, and tears of joy welled up.

His son Joseph Schooling has just made history by winning Singapore's first Olympic gold.

Visibly emotional, Mr Colin Schooling, who was watching the race at the home of his son's close friend and fellow national swimmer Teo Zhen Ren, said: "Thank you everybody."


Joseph Schooling's father, Colin Schooling, was visibly emotional as he watched the race and its aftermath. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The 68-year-old did not travel to Rio with his wife, May, 61, because he was not feeling well.

His first words to his son: "I love you. Son, you have done the nation very proud."

Before the race, he had encouraged his son: "I want you to stun the world."

May Schooling had also told The Straits Times: "If all goes well, Singapore will rejoice with us."

 

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