Swimming: 'Special' Joseph Schooling will bounce back, says England's 50m fly world champion Ben Proud

English sprint swim star backs Republic's poster boy to rediscover his best form soon

English swimmer Ben Proud is in town as an ambassador for AirAsia. He is the two-time Commonwealth Games 50m freestyle champion and is aiming for gold at Tokyo 2020.
English swimmer Ben Proud is in town as an ambassador for AirAsia. He is the two-time Commonwealth Games 50m freestyle champion and is aiming for gold at Tokyo 2020.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Joseph Schooling ended his amateur career with a whimper last month, failing to win a single medal at his final National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.

The 22-year-old Singapore swim star has struggled for form since he won the Republic's first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but England's Commonwealth Games 50m freestyle champion Ben Proud is certain that Schooling is no spent force.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline ''Special' Schooling will rebound: proud'. Subscribe