Swimming: Joseph Schooling seventh in 200m fly at Austin meet

Joseph Schooling in action at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
Joseph Schooling in action at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - With the focus clearly now on excelling in his pet 100m butterfly, Joseph Schooling clocked a timing far from his best on Monday morning (Sunday evening US time) in the 200m butterfly event at the Longhorns Elite Invite.

His time of 2min 2.31sec gave him a seventh-place finish. The time is far from his personal best and national record of 1:55.73, posted at the SEA Games last year.

The 20-year-old Singaporean, however, did cap his meet, held at the University of Texas where he is a sophomore,with a confidence-boosting win over Michael Phelps in the 100m fly on Saturday morning.

He finished first in 51.58sec, a time that was the seventh-fastest in the world this year. Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all time with 18 gold medals, was second in 51.58sec while Schooling's Texas team-mate Jack Conger was third with 51.72sec.

Schooling will join his national team-mates in Florida next for a training camp as part of his final preparations for the Aug 5-21 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. His recent performances, which includes a historic bronze medal at last year's world championships, has him tipped to perform at the Rio Games.