The free-flowering magic of Joseph Schooling, Steve Smith and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Joseph Schooling checking results after racing in the Men’s 200m freestyle at the Singapore National Swimming Championships, on June 20, 2019.
Joseph Schooling checking results after racing in the Men’s 200m freestyle at the Singapore National Swimming Championships, on June 20, 2019.PHOTO: ST FILE

Whoever created and named an orchid Dendrobium Joseph Schooling, describing it as "a robust and free-flowering hybrid" was onto something.

Many people have tried to analyse and explain Schooling's pre-eminence in the pool, and even his own mother, May, suggested that 10 per cent of it is talent, the rest is hard graft and training.

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