Swimming: Eddie Reese to coach Joseph Schooling at Rio Olympics

Eddie Reese is set to coach Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling at the Olympic Games next month. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling's quest for Olympic glory received a boost, with Eddie Reese set to coach him at next month's Games.

Reese is Schooling's coach at the University of Texas and is a three-time head coach of the United States Olympic men's swimming team. He is also the most successful swimming coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association, winning 12 team titles in 38 seasons with the Longhorns.

Singapore National Olympic Council secretary-general Chris Chan said: "We have submitted an application to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee to request for accreditation for Eddie Reese and are awaiting their response on the application."

Besides Reese, Schooling will also have national head coach Sergio Lopez guiding him in Rio de Janeiro. Lopez coached the butterfly specialist for five years at the Bolles School in Florida.

Schooling, an Asian Games gold medallist and Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the 100m butterfly, is expected to challenge reigning Olympic champion Michael Phelps and current world champion Chad le Clos in his pet event next month.

Last August, he finished third in the 100m fly at the Fina World Swimming Championships, in the process clinching Singapore's first medal at the biennial meet.

The 21-year-old also sent shockwaves through the swimming community when he beat Phelps in the 100m fly at the Longhorns Elite Invite meet in Austin, Texas.

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