Swimming: No medal for Joseph Schooling as he finishes fourth in Fina World Cup

Joseph Schooling finished fourth in the 200m individual medley in 2min 0.23sec.
Joseph Schooling finished fourth in the 200m individual medley in 2min 0.23sec.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - For a person with an insatiable appetite for winning - he wants to win even at the pool table - it was perhaps surprising to see Joseph Schooling meet the press with a smile after his outing at the Fina Swimming World Cup Singapore at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Friday (Aug 16) night.

The 24-year-old missed out on a podium spot when he finished fourth in the men's 200m individual medley - his only event - in 2min 0.23sec, behind winner Mitch Larkin of Australia (1:57.43), Danas Rapsys (1:59.14) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:59.98). Fellow Singaporean Pang Sheng Jun was sixth in 2:04.05. 

"Wow, that hurt," he said with a smile, before adding that the timing was better than what he expected.

"Coming into this race I wanted to go 2:00 high (or) 2:01 low, so 2:00 low is 0.2 to 0.3sec off my best time and that's a really good sign right now."

The fly specialist holds the national record of 1:59.99, set at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona, but last swam the event in 2015.

Schooling was the top qualifier from the morning heats, after clocking 2:03.38.

"This morning hurt more, morning swims are always hard for us (and) it's hard to get up and go especially in heat one... I didn't necessarily know where I was this morning but overall, two solid swims and a lot of good things to take away from that," added Schooling.

 
 

"The 200m IM is always a painful race towards the end. I think middle distance is where I need to be swimming. (As for the) negatives, I wasn't too happy with my turns, my transitions were kind of soft so that's one more thing I've got to work on."

But he had a significant takeaway from his brief outing at the Fina meet.

"I'm more in shape than I thought I was," he said.